October 2, 2003
TORONTO -- Allstream (TSX: ALR.A, ALR.B; NASDAQ: ALLSA,ALLSB), formerly AT&T Canada, a leading communication solutions provider witha world-class portfolio of Connectivity, Infrastructure Management and ITServices, today announced that it is expanding its portfolio of services withthe launch of Global Roaming for Internet Access.
Using a remote access and mobile office solution from GRIC CommunicationsInc., (NASDAQ: GRIC), a leading provider of Internet-based mobile officecommunications solutions, Allstream will offer GRIC's MobileOffice(TM)software and WiFi services to corporate customers in Canada seeking to reducetheir mobility management costs and increase the productivity of theirworkforce. This new global remote access service enables mobile and remoteworkers to stay connected to their enterprise network for access to criticalsecurity and productivity applications from more than 35,000 wired andwireless access points in more than 150 countries worldwide.
Global Roaming for Internet Access is a high-quality, reliable remoteaccess service that allows customers to connect to their corporate LANs for e-mail, file sharing and other tasks critical to business success, as well asbeing able to browse the Internet from almost any country in the world.Allstream will offer GRIC's MobileOffice(TM) software to customers by bundlingit into Global Roaming Internet Dial-up services, meaning customers willbenefit from GRIC's expansive access points and technologies while maintaininga single point of contact with Allstream to provide seamless globalconnectivity. Automatically enabled for Allstream's Dial-Up Access customers,this easy-to-use roaming service will offer dial-up access, software, customersupport, software maintenance and reporting capabilities.
"Global Roaming for Internet Access is an exciting and strategic additionto our world-class Connectivity portfolio," said Mike Kologinski, ExecutiveVice President of Marketing, Allstream. "This global remote access servicewill benefit customers, particularly those with frequent U.S. andinternational business requirements for their workforce, looking to providetheir employees with seamless and user-friendly mobility and connectivitycapabilities from virtually anywhere in the world. Global Roaming alsosupports our Security offers, by giving customers remote access to theircorporate networks through a secure, cost-effective Internet VPN. This isanother example of our commitment to help clients meet their globalconnectivity needs."
Incorporating GRIC'S WiFi capabilities, Global Roaming also enablesmobile and remote workers to have greater wireless access when in a WiFilocation. GRIC has nearly 2,000 WiFi access or wireless hot spots in hotels,airports and coffee shops worldwide.
"The GRIC MobileOffice solution provides Allstream with a proven methodof delivering a user-friendly mobility solution to its enterprise customers,"said Bharat Davé, CEO of GRIC Communications, Inc. "GRIC MobileOffice meetsthe demanding standards of leading telecommunications and service providerssuch as Allstream while offering an easy-to-use software client that increasesproductivity for corporate workforces who must stay connected to theenterprise from an ever-widening range of locations."
GRIC Communications Inc.
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