Printer Friendly and Reuters Tie-Up to Deliver News and Highlights From the 2000 Olympic Games to Mobile Devices in Asia.

SINGAPORE, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- (Nasdaq: IASIA) and Reuters (Nasdaq: RTRSY), the global information, news and technology group, announced today a tie-up to deliver news and highlights from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney to mobile devices across Asia. Two of Asia's leading telecommunications companies, Singapore Telecom Mobile and SMART Communications, Inc. in the Philippines have signed up for the mobile services. Reuters and will deliver to SingTel Mobile's 1.15 million and Smart Communications' 1.8 million subscribers breaking news and highlights from the Olympics Games in short messaging service (SMS) and WAP formats to mobile phones and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants).

Reuters will provide comprehensive international Olympic news and highlights as they unfold in Sydney, Australia. Reuters has assigned over 150 personnel to provide comprehensive multi-media coverage of the 15,000 athletes and officials from around 200 countries. Event coverage and a wide-ranging off-field file will bring the text output to an estimated 150 stories a day, with a full results service generating a further estimated 120 items a day. will contribute its technical tools and expertise in developing delivery platforms for the distribution of real-time data and content to mobile phone operators and Web properties.'s editors and content management teams will format the Reuters Olympic news and results feed into SMS and WAP formats, further extending's multi-lingual content and media publishing platform.

"The so-called Internet Olympics provide the opportunity for sports enthusiasts worldwide to gain an unprecedented level of coverage throughout the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. We are thrilled to partner with Reuters to provide Olympic news and results in SMS and WAP formats on handhelds, PDAs and other mobile devices in Asia," said Chris Justice, CEO of "This exciting Olympic interactive initiative is an extension of's multi-lingual content and media publishing platform and service to audiences in Asia." is Asia's leading online producer of content and media properties and has rolled out 24 Web sites across eight key Asian Internet markets in six languages. This deal follows an earlier announcement between SingTel Mobile and and its site, which featured Euro 2000 up-to-the-minute results, news and tips. is pleased to announce the latest extension of its online services to deliver mobile data services to the region's telecommunications operators.

"The partnership between and Reuters is a natural fit for both companies," said Lester Langford, Business Development Manager, Reuters Asia. " enables Reuters to extend its comprehensive multi-media coverage of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney to a much wider audience by making available up to 270 daily news updates during the event in SMS and WAP formats to handhelds, PDAs and other mobile devices in Asia."

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Reuters (Nasdaq: RTRSY) (, the global information, news

and technology group, plays a significant role in the functioning of the financial and media markets. Reuter's strategy is to make the financial markets work on the Internet. Reuters is the world's largest international news and television agency with 1,957 journalists, photographers and camera operators in 185 bureaus serving 153 countries, gathering and edited news in 24 languages. Reuter's premier position is based on a reputation for speed, accuracy and impartiality as well as for continuous technological innovation. Reuters supplies news and information to over 900 Internet websites. On 30 June 2000, the Group employed 17,067 staff in 215 cities in 98 countries.

About (Nasdaq: IASIA) ( is Asia's leading producer of online content and media properties and operates the leading fully integrated online advertising network in Asia. By leveraging its unique pan-Asian online media publishing platform, creates world-class, multi-lingual content in partnership with international media and Internet companies including CNET, Viacom's MTV Networks,, E! Online and NBCi. Through a joint venture with DoubleClick, Inc., delivers targeted online advertising and sponsorships through its DoubleClick Asia advertising network. Established in May 1999, operates 24 Web sites in six languages and eight markets: Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and India. Key investors include AsiaTech Ventures, CNET Networks, Inc., GE Capital Equity Investments Ltd., H&Q Asia Pacific, Intel Asia Pacific Inc., MTV Networks, NBC Internet, Newbridge Capital, Venture TDF Management of Singapore, the Hambrecht Family, Trans Cosmos, Inc. and W.R.Hambrecht + Co. can be reached at or telephone +852 2143 1731.

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