KanHan officially launches its FBwin football paid phone service

[November 18, 2003, Hong Kong] - KanHan Technologies Limited (KanHan) today announced the official launch of its FBwin PHONE (a fee-based phone hotline) and its football website (www.FBwin.com.hk). Utilizing the Group's technology on Web-to-Speech which comprises of Text-to-Speech (TTS) and Voice Recognition (VR) , FBwin PHONE provides a 24-hour real-time football information channel, transmitting the information via fixed-line or mobile phones in either Putonghua or Cantonese. FBwin PHONE covers team information, football results, betting odds, as well as professional commentaries on the UK F.A. Premier League, Italian Series A, German Series A, Spanish Series A, as well as other important European National football matches. The Group believes that FBwin PHONE is the largest phone portal using TTS and VR technologies in the Chinese speaking communities in the world.

A panel of football stars and trainers provides professional football commentaries to the callers. They are the well-represented professionals in the football field in Hong Kong: PO Chan, KF KU, SH Kiang, WL Au, SK Leung and KC Tam. Since the free trial launch on 25th October, 2003, FBwin PHONE has been attracting tremendous response from the public with average hit rate of 450 line-minute per day with the most popular sessions being the "professional tips" and the "betting odds". The system has successfully passed the trial-run test. FBwin PHONE will be one of the major revenue lines for KanHan 2004 financial year.

The Group plans to charge a standard and a premium rate for the airtime:$10 per minute and HK$88 per minutes. The content will differentiate two different charge plans. The Group is now negotiating with several PRC enterprises for possible strategic alliances to incorporate its FBwin content with the China Football Lottery (CFL) information for PRC market. At present, CFL is generating a weekly interest in excess of RMB 200 million betting, of which the Guangdong province comprises of 25% of the national market share.

Mr. Lawrence Mo, CEO of the Group, said, "The FBwin PHONE has put our text-to-speech and voice recognition technologies one step further to wider commercial applications. The success of FBwin PHONE will boost our confidence in extending our technology to other possible commercial applications while broadening our revenue base. Using existing FBwin technology platform, the Group also focuses on both education and language learning (particularly, Putonghua). The Group will announce its business plan on education and language learning in due course. "

FBwin PHONE aims to cover Hong Kong market, followed by Pearl Delta River areas (PRC) and Macau. The Group will use its FBwin website to capture overseas Chinese community markets via comprehensive FBwin website offerings.

FBwin paid phone hotline: (900 6087 8888)
FBwin official website: (www.FBwin.com.hk)


About KanHan Technologies Group Limited

KanHan was listed on the GEM Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 25th February, 2003. It is a global leader in Asian Language infrastructure development for wireless devices such as PDAs and 2G and 3G mobile phones and PCs. Its flagship products include HanWEB, HanPHONE and HanVOICE. Its customer profile includes government bodies and large commercial and non-commercial enterprises in the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Group has been awarded the Hong Kong Awards for Industry, the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park Certificate of Merit in Technological Achievement, 2002, the Hong Kong Awards for Industry: Federation of Hong Kong Industries Consumer Product Design Awards, 2002 and the Hong Kong Computer Society: IT Excellence Product Silver Award 2001.


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KanHan Technologies Group Limited
Terence Chung
TEL:2865 3800
FAX:2861 1830
Eamil: terence@kanhan.com
Website: http://www.kanhan.com

Strategic Financial Relations Limited
Esther Chan / Sherlock So
TEL:2864 4825 / 4852
FAX:2804 2789
Email: esther@strategic.com.hk sherlock@strategic.com.hk

 
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