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Sun and the IDA Join Hands to Announce Overseas Development Programme to Assist Local Infocomm Companies Expand Overseas

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) today announced the launch of the IDA-Sun Overseas Development Programme (ODP), a pillar of the S$100 million JAVA Tarik ONE (Java TONE) collaboration...

Singapore, 10 June 2003| For Immediate Release

This programme under the Java TONE collaboration targets to assist 20 companies to achieve a total of S$20 million in export revenue over the next five years.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) today announced the launch of the IDA-Sun Overseas Development Programme (ODP), a pillar of the S$100 million JAVA Tarik ONE (Java TONE) collaboration.

Speaking at the launch of the ODP programme, Leong Keng Thai, Acting CEO, IDA said, "IDA recognises the need for our local players to take advantage of overseas opportunities as a growth strategy. This is in line with the vision of Connected Singapore to leverage on the potential of Infocomm to generate business growth."

"Through the IDA-Sun Java TONE partnership, the ODP will boost the presence of local Java developers in the growing markets outside of Singapore. With ODP, local companies will leverage on Sun's existing worldwide network to accelerate their overseas market presence. The goal is to assist as many as 20 companies and to generate up to S$20 million in export revenue over the next five years. I am glad to see there are already five local companies on board the IDA-Sun ODP, each with its own strength and unique product proposition. This shows that our local companies are now bringing their successes in product development to a new level through participation in IDA-Sun Overseas Development Programme," he added.

The Java TONE collaboration was launched on 19 March, 2003 by Lam Chuan Leong, Chairman of IDA and Scott McNealy, Chairman, President and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Lionel Lim, Vice President and Managing Director, Sun Microsystems, Asia South, said, "Sun has viewed its partnership with IDA, in the Java TONE collaboration, as a key enabler in Singapore's goal to be a net exporter of Java technologies. Java TONE will present many opportunities to create wealth for Singapore. In this latest stage of the partnership, falling under the ONE Market prong, Sun will act as a catalyst to accelerate local infocomm companies' go-to-market efforts overseas."

Under the Infocomm Local Industry Upgrading Programme (iLIUP) with IDA, Sun has provided technology transfer to over 30 local development companies, to accelerate the development of Java-based applications and solutions. The ODP will augment the benefits of the iLIUP programme by leveraging Sun's global networks to export these products and services overseas.

Greater China has been identified as the first region of focus for the ODP. In the next five years, China's information industry is estimated to maintain an annual growth rate of 20%. The numbers of computers connected to the Internet will reach 50 million and Internet users will top 200 million.

"With the largest mobile user base, the second largest Internet user base after the US, and an IT industry that's growing phenomenally, it is a market of great potential for our ODP partners. Sun is committed to providing our local infocomm enterprises a strong foothold in Greater China via the ODP," Mr Lim continued.

The first five local companies to participate in the ODP are Ecquaria Technologies, novaSPRINT, Peridot Health Systems, Stratech Systems and System Access.


Notes to Editor:

About Java TONE

Java TONE, an IDA and Sun collaboration, is a multi-prong strategy focussing on capability development, market development and market access for Next Generation Internet Applications (NGIA). The three stages of Java TONE include developing competencies in the local Infocomm workforce (ONE Capability), encouraging innovation in emerging technologies for NGIA, through initiatives in R&D, piloting and adoption of emerging technologies (ONE Development) and creating access to international markets for the resulting innovations (ONE Market).

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision --"The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Network. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at or the Asia South website at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun ONE, Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, visit

For media clarification, please contact:

IDA Media Contact -
Ms Ho Hwei Ling
Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: (65) 6211-1996

Sun Microsystems Media Contact -
Ms Kelly Long
PR and Advertising Manager
Sun Microsystems, Asia South
Tel: (65) 6239-7092


Please refer to the following for more information on :

1. Overseas Development Programme (ODP) - Annex A
2. List of IDA-Sun ODP Partners - Annex B
3. List of IDA-Sun New iLIUP Partners - Annex C

Annex A: Overseas Development Programme (ODP)

The Overseas Development Programme (ODP) is a key platform to forge win-win partnerships between Singapore-based Infocomm Local Enterprises (iLEs) and leading Singapore Companies/Infocomm Multi-National Corporations (MNCs), at the Headquarters level, to:
Prepare iLEs to be globally competitive, and to compete globally.
Boost iLEs' capabilities to increase their presence in growing markets outside Singapore.
Further enhance iLEs' overseas market position through direct access to leading MNCs/Singapore Companies' R&D resources, and global business opportunities and networks in their own countries.

Why Overseas Development Programme?
New impetus to leapfrog local partners' "go-to-market" capabilities. Many Infocomm Local Enterprises have matured over the years and have successfully developed software products and services for the market within and beyond Singapore. The ODP will be the impetus to "rapidly push" the iLEs towards globalisation.

Capability Enhancement
Emphasising on building capabilities, the ODP is a partnership-driven programme that will leverage on the strengths, business connections and technology edge of MNCs/Singapore Companies' HQ to help iLEs gain a head start in new markets overseas.

ODP Partnership Models
Technology Partnership - Focus on product development, commercialisation, and overseas market access.

Services Partnership - Focus on overseas solutions deployment, and overseas market access.

For more information about Overseas Development Programme, please contact:

Ms Priscilla Lai
Senior Manager, Software & Services Industry Development
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
Tel: (65) 6211-3811

Annex B: List of IDA-SUN ODP Partners

Ecquaria Pte Ltd
Ecquaria Technologies is a leading enterprise business infrastructure provider with deep domain knowledge and experience in service-oriented enterprise infrastructures. The company's flagship product - the Ecquaria Service-Oriented Platform is adopted in a wide variety of industries. Its key strength, however, lies in E-Government with one of its significant achievements in architecting and building the award-winning Public Services Infrastructure (PSi) for the Singapore government. It is the largest Java deployment in the world.

novaSPRINT Pte Ltd
Since novaSPRINT was founded in 1994, with a proven track record, we have matured into a trusted IT innovator, developing and implementing industry-focused e-business solutions. Our other complementary core business is the provision of total end-to-end e-services to help clients re-engineer and automate their business processes and extend their businesses into the Internet.

PeridotHealth Systems
PeridotHealth is a regional healthcare solutions provider focused on increasing the competitiveness and service quality of healthcare organisations through the use of IT.

They provide an exciting suite of solutions ranging from integrated healthcare delivery systems to innovative web-enabled e-services. And the products and services are constantly being enhanced, extended and enriched as they work with customer to meet the changing demands of the industry.

Stratech Systems Limited
Stratech Systems is a world class technology company for Computer Vision, Intelligent Transport Systems with the aim of delivering innovative technology-intensive solutions, products and services to the commercial and public sectors to bring about competitive advantage for our clients.

System Access Pte Ltd
System Access since its inception in 1983 has since gained attained international recognition as a leading financial software solution provider of universal banking solutions for financial service institutions worldwide.

Annex C: List of IDA-SUN new iLIUP Partners

Autoscan Technology Pte Ltd
Autoscan Technology is a leading Automatic Identification & Data Collection (AIDC) company headquartered in Singapore. The company, which has a significant presence in Singapore and Malaysia has made it to the Enterprise 50 rankings. We offer AIDC consulting services, systems integration, outsourcing capabilities - all designed to help businesses leverage the latest AIDC technologies when implementing their growth strategies.

AXS Infocomm Pte Ltd
AXS InfoComm Pte Ltd is the leading technology provider and operator of a Electronic Service Delivery Network- the AXS Network - by providing a comprehensive range of access points and portal connectors to web services, e-applications and wireless applications in Singapore. AXS InfoComm Pte Ltd was incorporated in March 2000 under the LKN-Primefield Group of companies. Its first product, the AXS Station, was rolled out in March 2001 and has ever since grown to form the largest public broadband transactional terminal network in Singapore with over 180 AXS Stations installed islandwide.

Ecnet Limited
ECnet is a global provider of e-supply chain management solutions and services. ECnet delivers proven collaborative supply chain solutions built on a best-of-breed technology platform and a suite of services for organizations which want to rapidly integrate and streamline business processes, while optimizing the collaborative commerce activities with multiple business partners. Established in 1995, its global domain expertise in e-supply chain solutions and services spans nine countries and territories. ECnet's customers include Matsushita, Jurong Hi-Tech, Pioneer, Wincor Nixdorf, Solectron (formerly NatSteel Electronics), JVC, Hitachi, TEAC, Toshiba. ECnet is headquartered in Singapore and has offices throughout Asia and US.

eG Innovations Pte Ltd
eG Innovations is a leading provider of enterprise-class monitoring and management solutions for IT infrastructure. The company's 100% web-based monitoring solutions are especially suited for mission-critical infrastructures, where proactive monitoring, rapid diagnosis, and instant recovery are critical. Customers worldwide use the eG solutions to improve the quality of their services thereby enhancing their competitive positioning, lower their operational costs, and optimize the usage of their infrastructures.