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WinStar Launches Global Roaming Service

WinStar Communications Inc. Wednesday launched a global Internet roaming service that provides its dial-up customers with worldwide access to the Internet via local connections in more than 140 countries.

The new service enables Internet and corporate intranet access for WinStar customers from more than 4,000 local POPs worldwide.

Global network provider GRIC Communications, Inc. enables WinStar's dial-up customers to access to a combined global network of WinStar and GRIC Alliance Network POPs. Customers outside their normal area select the nearest access number, gaining access without incurring long distance charges.

"This new roaming service provides our business customers with quick, easy and cost-effective access to the Internet," said William J. Rouhana, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of WinStar.

"GRIC's relationship with WinStar represents a major association with a competitive local exchange carrier and Internet service provider," said Hong Chen, GRIC's chairman and chief executive officer.

"WinStar represents a new generation of communications service providers that have emerged since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed them to offer a full range of local, long distance, data and Internet services."

WinStar Communications, Inc. provides broadband communications services over its own end-to-end broadband network and high-speed data, Internet access and information services.

GRIC Communications, Inc. provides IP-based services for carriers and ISPs.