GRIC signs global mobile broadband roaming agreement providing Japan Telecom subscribers with access to its TierOne Network

January 20, 2004

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MILPITAS, Calif. -- GRIC Communications, Inc., (Nasdaq: GRIC), a leading provider of secure, managed broadband and global remote access solutions for enterprises and service providers, today announced a milestone Wi-Fi agreement with JAPAN TELECOM, one of Japan's largest telecommunications service providers.

The agreement, the first Wi-Fi roaming agreement by JAPAN TELECOM with a partner, provides 1.7 million customers of JAPAN TELECOM's Open Data Network (ODN), the company's ISP service, with seamless, global mobile broadband service, "powered by GRIC." JAPAN TELECOM customers will have access to the GRIC TierOne Network(TM), which includes the world's largest mobile broadband footprint, using the GRIC-branded mobile office client.

"This agreement is a major step forward in fostering demand for Wi-Fi services, since the partnership between JAPAN TELECOM and GRIC gives business customers instant access to mobile broadband, not only in Japan but also overseas," said Toshihiro Mishima, Research Manager, IDC Japan. "Strategic alliances with leading international network aggregators such as GRIC allow carriers and other providers to quickly roll out innovative broadband services that bring tangible benefits to the customer. This is a real win-win solution for everyone."

"Offering global mobile broadband service allows service providers to differentiate service offerings, grow average revenues per user (ARPU), and increase customer loyalty," said Bharat Dave, GRIC President and CEO. "We are delighted to enable JAPAN TELECOM to quickly and cost-effectively introduce this exciting and unique new service to its growing customer base."

"JAPAN TELECOM is committed to delivering world-class broadband performance and ubiquity to our customers," said Miyuki Suzuki, Executive Vice President, and Head of Consumer Business Unit of JAPAN TELECOM. "With the GRIC solution, our ODN customers can now get broadband-speed access with one account and one invoice from virtually anywhere in the world, enjoying unprecedented convenience and productivity."

One of the principal reasons JAPAN TELECOM selected GRIC over other potential partners is GRIC's ability to seamlessly integrate with JAPAN TELECOM's settlement system. This unique capability significantly reduces the time to market for new services such as Wi-Fi and reduces overall deployment costs.

GRIC Communications Inc.

Japan Telecom Co. Ltd.

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