Cardservice Teams with ValueWeb to Offer Hosting, Payment Services

January 29, 2001
Merchant Hosting and Corporate Hosting Added to Lineup

MOORPARK, CA, JANUARY 29, 2001 -- Cardservice International, a leading provider of real-time secure credit card transactions, announced today that it is teaming up with Web-hosting company ValueWeb, a subsidiary of e.spire Communications, Inc., to offer two new Web-hosting services tied to its existing e-commerce solutions. The two new features are merchant hosting and corporate hosting.

"These services provide online merchants with a one-stop, turnkey e-commerce business solution, which they want and need," said John Burtzloff, senior vice president of sales for Cardservice International. "Cardservice allows e-tailers of every size to enjoy the most secure order processing in the industry today, 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Rollout of the new services builds on the existing relationship between ValueWeb and Cardservice International, under which Cardservice has provided secure payment processing services for ValueWeb clients. When used as a package, these combined services allow Web merchants to access ValueWeb as a turnkey resource, where small business owners can go to get started online, set up a merchant account and manage their businesses more effectively.

"Research shows these issues to be of prime importance to merchants," said Tomas Mikaelsson, ValueWeb president and chief operating officer. "In a recent survey of our customer base, more than 60% indicated that their Web Site business accounts for a significant portion of their annual sales. Obviously, the merchant bankcard product from Cardservice International is working well for them. It was important for us to continue providing this reliable e-commerce component to them, which is why we made it a priority to extend our agreement with Cardservice International."

About ValueWeb: ValueWeb offers a comprehensive line of shared, dedicated and co-location Web-hosting solutions. Featuring state-of-the-art facility and network infrastructure, e-commerce and Web design applications, ValueWeb provides businesses turnkey resources for enhancing their Web sites’ effectiveness in the marketplace. Now hosting nearly 80,000 Web sites for customers in more than 136 countries, ValueWeb is one of the largest Web-hosting companies in the world.

ValueWeb is an IBM Premier Business Partner, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, a Network Solutions Alliance Partner, a Hewlett-Packard Premier Partner, an Intel iASP Alliance Member and a Cobalt True Blue Sapphire Partner.

More information about ValueWeb dedicated servers and co-location services, including interactive demonstrations of network architecture, is available on the ValueWeb Web site, www.valueweb.com.

About e.spire:e.spire is a leading integrated communications provider, offering traditional local and long distance, dedicated Internet access and advanced data solutions, such as ATM and frame relay. e.spire also provides dial-up Internet access through its wholly owned Internet service provider CyberGate, Inc., and Web-hosting services through CyberGate’s subsidiary ValueWeb. In addition, e.spire’s subsidiary ACSI Network Technologies, Inc., provides third parties, including other communications concerns, municipalities and corporations, with turnkey fiber-optic design, construction and project management expertise. More information about e.spire is available at the e.spire Web site, www.espire.net.

About Cardservice International
Cardservice International, Inc., is a global leader in providing real-time secure credit card transactions to merchants. Cardservice offers merchants a cost-effective service tailored to their businesses, enabling them to provide credit card processing over the Internet, as well as to the traditional marketplace. More than 185,000 merchants have contracted with Cardservice International. Of those, 55,000 are actively using Cardservice as their Internet solution. First Data Corp, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment services holds a 50% equity position with Cardservice International.


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