DACOM Chooses Microsoft Windows NT- and BackOffice-Based Products And Technology for Korea’s No 1. Internet Online Service

REDMOND, Wash., and SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 2, 1997 — Korea’s largest and oldest online service provider and telecom service provider, DACOM Corp., today announced it has chosen the Microsoft® Windows NT® platform for its enhanced state-of-the-art Internet online service to be launched early next year.

DACOM has been operating the largest online service in Korea, called Chollian, for 16 years and now serves 800,000 subscribers. Last year, DACOM started to investigate a platform for new Internet-based online services. After a thorough evaluation of competitive technologies and platforms, DACOM chose the Microsoft Windows NT operating system because of its power, functionality, reliability, scalability and support for Internet standards.

“For us, the Microsoft commercial Internet platform was a clear choice,”
said Sang Hwan Moon, managing director of DACOM.
“It’s technology that is currently deployed by The Microsoft Network and many other network operators to support millions of subscribers. With the Microsoft commercial Internet system, we have a powerful and proven solution today that can easily integrate with our current Chollian system and scale to match our anticipated multimillion-subscriber growth of the next several years.”

Microsoft will be a key provider of technology to develop the next generation of DACOM’s online services based on the Windows NT-based commercial platform, featuring the Microsoft BackOffice® family of products.

Built on the Microsoft Windows NT Server network operating system and Internet Information Server (IIS), the Microsoft platform offers a complete solution for online services, including Internet access, e-mail, news, chat, advanced personalization services, a sophisticated SET-compliant electronic-commerce platform and subscriber care systems.

“Commercial Internet services based on Microsoft Windows NT-based products and technology are a feature-rich solution for Internet service providers,”
said Stephen Wu, director of international business, Internet customer unit at Microsoft.
“Internet access providers benefit because Microsoft provides a scalable and reliable platform that allows them to focus their attention on offering the most innovative, exciting and compelling content. Microsoft’s commercial Internet products are proven, thereby significantly reducing the technical risk of creating an advanced Internet online service.”

“We are pleased that DACOM has chosen the Microsoft commercial Internet platform,”
said Cameron Myhrvold, vice president of the Internet customer unit at Microsoft.
“DACOM joins a growing list of leading public network operators who have adopted Windows NT-based solutions. Their choice demonstrates the strength and value of the Microsoft platform and of Windows NT Server for high-availability, scalable commercial Internet applications.”

DACOM will also use leading-edge client technologies from Microsoft such as Internet Explorer 4.0 for providing users with an enhanced Web-browsing experience.

Founded in 1982, DACOM is the leader in providing Internet services in Korea. The company also offers a variety of basic and extended telecommunications services.

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