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Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Isle tech firm
to open center

By Tim Ruel


NetEnterprise Inc., a Honolulu company that sells high-speed Internet connection services to local businesses, will officially open a $1.5 million data center at 1132 Bishop St. on Friday.

NetEnterpriseIn April, the new center became part of NetEnterprise's main office, which takes up half a floor at the former First Hawaiian Center. Burt Lum, president, said the center will help the company maintain customer growth.

"We are probably serving close to 75,000 subscribers," Lum said today, a figure that includes all subscribers to other Internet companies that buy NetEnterprise service, including Road Runner and Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies Inc.

NetEnterprise reported sales of $1.8 million last year, and hopes to double that this year.

Lum describes NetEnterprise as similar to Digital Island Inc., another company founded in Honolulu. Digital eventually moved headquarters to San Francisco and went public.

Lum said he realized the business potential of going online while working on the supercomputer on Maui in 1995, when the Internet was taking off. Also a former engineer at GTE Hawaiian Tel, Lum started NetEnterprise two years ago with other former GTE employees. Their company merged with two other local network businesses earlier this year.

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