USA.NET to Employ e-lingo Translation Service
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E-lingo will provide translated e-mail services to Net@ddress's more than 8.1 million subscribers worldwide, giving them the ability to easily communicate internationally.
Financial arrangements were not disclosed.
"Time and distance are no longer factors in global Internet communications, but the age-old barriers presented by differing human languages continue to plague this global community," said Michael Ballard, president and CEO of e-lingo.
Jupiter Communications has predicted that more than 40 percent of Internet users will come from Asia and Europe in the year 2000.
Computer Economics has said it expects that the number of non-English speaking Internet users will increase by 150 percent in the next six years.
In the first quarter of 2000, USA.NET plans to offer a limited version of e-lingo's real-time translation solution as a free service to all Net@ddress customers. Additionally, Net@ddress customers will be able to subscribe to an enhanced version of the translation services for a small annual fee.
The translated e-mail service will initially support six languages -- English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese-- with Japanese and several other languages to follow.