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SURFTRADE Reaches Three Major Portuguese Markets

VIA NET.WORKS announced Tuesday that its SURFTRADE portal now links Portuguese-language markets in Brazil, Portugal and the United States.

First launched in Brazil in 1997, SURFTRADE provides a range of services for businesses, with information on finance, law, marketing, business and technology. surftrade.com.br has 50,000 registered users, 80 per cent of them corporations seeking information.

In the United States and Canada, where there are 2.2 million residents who speak Portuguese, SURFTRADE-USA provides a service that connects users with business communities in Brazil and Portugal.

In Portugal, SURFTRADE-Portugal puts Portuguese users in touch with what is happening in the Brazilian economy. Shopping and "GUIA DE EMPRESAS" directories promote various business-to-business and e-commerce opportunities.

Michael J. Simmons, president of VIA NET.WORKS, said the three sites are intended to provide all Portuguese-language businesses, regardless of their geographic location, with information that can be accessed and shared worldwide.

"This exclusive business portal underscores VIA's commitment to being a full-service provider to businesses in our local markets, as well as to bring together markets with common links, such as language," said Simmons.

SURFTRADE's Managing Director Flavia Sampaio said that the network helps companies better manage their day-to-day business activities, such as credit programs, tax laws and import and export databases.

"The business portal also serves as a comprehensive resource for news, sports, weather and financial information," said Sampaio.

VIA NET.WORKS operates out of Virginia, and runs its own trans-Atlantic and pan-European STM-1 (155Mbps) backbone network.