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Ninetowns Completes Acquisition of Ample Spring

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BEIJING, April 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company Limited (Nasdaq: NINE), China’s leading provider of online solutions for international trade, today announces that has completed its acquisition of Ample Spring Holdings Limited. The completion of this acquisition enables Ninetowns to integrate and leverage its business-to-government ("B2G") trade processing expertise into new business-to-business ("B2B") vertical search and services. For the development of vertical search technology, Ninetowns acquired a majority interest in a related party of Beijing Baichuan Tongda Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. ("Baichuan"), a leading Chinese vertical search engine, and also entered into a number of service and other agreements with Baichuan.

In accordance with the share purchase and subscription agreement entered into on April 9, 2007, Ixworth Enterprises Limited, a subsidiary of Ninetowns, made cash payments equal to the U.S. dollar equivalent of (i) RMB85 million to Ample Spring’s shareholder, and (ii) RMB2.5 million to Ample Spring, and Ninetowns received 70% of the equity interest of Ample Spring. The remainder of the purchase price consists of deferred payments that may be paid over time. Following this acquisition, Ninetowns will consolidate Ample Spring’s financials with Ninetowns’ financial report.

"The acquisition of Baichuan is a milestone in Ninetowns’ new B2B strategy and enables the introduction of new B2B vertical search capabilities into our service profile with pioneering vertical search technology," commented Ninetowns’ CEO, Mr. Shuang Wang. Established in 2004 as a software developer of supply chain, e-commerce and trade solutions, Baichuan has evolved to become a B2B vertical search engine and an independent assessor of suppliers through Baichuan’s launch of Yaphon ( http://www.yaphon.com ) in 2006. In addition, Baichuan’s Total Quality Sourcing ("TQS") system enables it to build a unique ranking algorithm which can significantly improve search result relevancy. Baichuan has entered into alliances with more than 30 Chinese B2B portals for information on some 1.5 million products available from over 400,000 Chinese suppliers. Baichuan is believed to be the first B2B vertical search engine developed in China, providing it with a first-mover advantage and brand name recognition.

About Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company LimiteAAAAAAA> Ninetowns (Nasdaq: NINE) is the leading provider of online solutions for international trade, with its key services in automating import/export e-filing, as well as in providing effective and efficient business-to-business search. Ninetowns has been listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange since December 2004 under the symbol "NINE." More information can be found at http://www.ninetowns.com/english .

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For more information, please contact:

Ms. Helen Wu or Ms. Lisa Zheng

Investor Relations,

Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company LimiteAAAAAAA> Tel: +86-10-6588-2256

Email: ir@ninetowns.com

Investor Relations (US):

Mahmoud Siddig, Director

Taylor Rafferty

Tel: +1-212-889-4350

Email: ninetowns@taylor-rafferty.com

Investor Relations (HK):

David Dambro, Director

Taylor Rafferty

Tel: +852-2167-2006

Email: ninetowns@taylor-rafferty.com