Speech By Mr Michael Yap, Chief Executive, National Computer
Board at the Launch of www.i-One.Net and i-One Kiosks Live on
Orchard Road, and Presentation of Strategic Partnerships In
Technology on 6 May 1999
"I am excited to be here today to be part of this significant
occasion to launch the i-One website and the 'live' i-One kiosks
on Orchard Road.
I see an extensive network of well located public kiosks as
an important part of our effort to bring IT to everyone. With
kiosks in public places, PCs in libraries and community centres,
we aim to provide easy online access to all. Today, some 50%
of households still do not have PCs at home.
The convenience offered by a pervasive network of kiosks,
much like our ATM network, cannot be under-estimated. And, if
these kiosks are connected to Singapore One and are EC-enabled,
they are transformed into 'singing & dancing' kiosks delivering
a whole host of new and exciting services.
At this point, I would like to pause to congratulate Mr KK
Fong and his team at i-One for having the vision to deploy such
an extensive network of kiosks. I appreciate the hard work
that has gone into this. I understand that the effort required
to build each kiosk in a public area is, in some ways, like
putting up a building.
In a recent NCB survey conducted covering eight industry
sectors, only 9% of companies said that they were already
buying and selling on the Internet. Sixty-three per cent
(63%) said that they were not aware or saw no need. Some of
the reasons cited included initial start-up costs and on-going
This is where I can see an e-Commerce service provider,
such as i-One.Net, playing the role of supporting businesses
with a readily available e-Commerce platform to deliver their
online services. By making it easy and affordable, i-One's
services can potentially benefit businesses, particularly the
smaller ones who feel that they are not quite ready or not
quite IT savvy. These businesses will be able to give
e-Commerce a try without having to make a big investment
Significantly, the i-One web-site will not only be available
to the public kiosks users, but also everyone else who has
access to Singapore One or the Internet. The customer reach is
It is encouraging to see private sector players like i-One
coming forth to contribute towards our objectives of making
Singapore an electronic commerce hub.
I hope to see more of such private sector initiatives. I
also look forward to having more Singapore businesses try out
and evaluate the value of doing business online. I urge
everybody in Singapore to experience online services for
themselves and get a feel for the net way of life.
With more services coming online, I believe that it can
give all of us the productivity and efficiency which we have
all been looking for.
Finally, I would like to take this opporutnity to wish
i-One a most successful launch and may the phrase 'I want
kiosks' be on the lips of everyone, after today.
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