GRIC Needs Hotspots Pronto
MILPITAS, Calif. and EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- GRIC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRIC - news), a leading provider of Internet-based mobile office communications solutions, and Pronto Networks, a leading developer of wireless infrastructure solutions for Hotspot Network Operators, today announced the two companies will offer GRIC customers wireless, high-speed Internet access at public locations operated by Pronto, such as airports, hotels and restaurants, that are frequently visited by business travelers. Today's agreement allows GRIC users to roam onto Wi-Fi networks owned by local and regional service providers but operated by Pronto Networks. Under this scenario, GRIC users will be able to roam onto all wireless ISP networks for which Pronto Networks provides private-labeled, back-office operations, such as billing, and service plan management. The single, aggregate agreement with Pronto Networks enables GRIC to extend its roaming services across multiple Wi-Fi networks. "Our relationship with Pronto will enable GRIC to rapidly expand our Wi-Fi footprint in our global broadband network," said John Rasmus, GRIC Vice President, Business and Corporate Development. "This agreement with Pronto adds roaming relationships with multiple wireless ISPs, not just one." GRIC will add Pronto-operated hot spot locations within its existing network that spans 150 countries and provides 19,000 access points worldwide. The agreement further strengthens the GRIC TierOne Network as the world's largest remote access network. GRIC Communications Inc. Pronto Networks Inc.