Network firm signs up 'thousands'

A Kiwi company planning to launch a worldwide networking service says it has pre-registered thousands of people around the world.

A Kiwi company planning to launch a worldwide networking service says it has pre-registered thousands of people around the world.

Auckland-based InterCom3000 says that when it launches next February it will offer members high-speed internet access to a range of services through a global virtual private network. The company, which has been operating since February this year, claims to have pre-registered 17,000 people worldwide - 30% of whom are in Canada and the US - through internet marketing.

Company head Eric Anderton drummed up interest in the company on multi-level marketing websites in the US. He says after looking at some of the schemes on the internet he decided InterCom3000 could capture a large part of the marketing activity by providing a commission plan that paid members money in exchange for their driving traffic to the site.

According to the company's website, www.intercom3000.com, members will have access to various "communities" and services including communications, family history, virtual classrooms and virtual business. These will be followed by virtual university courses, shopping, trading and entertainment. Other planned services include net phones and streaming video services for news, weather, sports and TV.

Anderton says he has an international VPN provider which builds international intranets for large multinational businesses lined up. He would not reveal its name, but says it has agreed to provide high-quality internet services in 225 countries.

Launch plans hit a snag in September when operations chief Bob Arend and financial head Glen Gill resigned.

Anderton recently sent an email to members saying he had secured $110 million in funding from the US. The email said the company will be hiring 50 to 60 new staff.

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