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USA.NET to Employ e-lingo Translation Service

E-mail outsourcing company USA.NET signed a deal with real-time language translation provider e-lingo LLC to bundle e-lingo's services with Net@ddress, USA.NET's consumer e-mail service.

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.

"e-lingo's alliance with USA.NET is a significant step toward realizing the 'one world' promised by the Internet."

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.