GRIC Communications, Inc., (Nasdaq:GRIC), the leading provider of multiple value-added Internet services for service providers, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Internet roaming, announced today the availability of GRIC's clearinghouse services for Nokia (NYSE:NOK) wireless Internet access products.
This collaboration will further enable business travelers to access the Internet using wireless LAN technology with their laptop or portable computers throughout public hot spots such as airports, hotels and conference centers. This announcement follows an equity investment in GRIC, which was made by Nokia in November 1999.
The announcement follows field testing of GRICtraveler(TM) at both the Ottawa International Airport and the Vancouver International Airport where Nokia wireless networking products are deployed airport-wide. The collaboration utilizes GRIC's leading global remote Internet access solution -- powered by GRICtraveler -- and Nokia's state-of-the-art wireless LAN technologies, enabling service providers to offer mobile professionals the ability to access the World Wide Web or corporate Intranets from enabled locations around the world.
This relationship also seeks to leverage Nokia's expertise in mobile technologies with GRIC's global IP services technology platform and the GRIC Alliance Network(TM) of more than 350 Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunications companies.
"As wireless roaming was to cellular telephony, IP roaming has become a critical factor in fostering the adoption and expansion of the mobile Internet for a variety of Internet based technologies such as WLAN, WAP, and GPRS just to name a few," said Ahmed Al-Hayderi, vice president of Business Development for Nokia Internet Communications. "This relationship demonstrates further evidence of Nokia paving the way to the mobile information society."
"Our relationship with Nokia establishes momentum for worldwide, high-speed wireless Internet access -- a communications channel that we believe will play an increasingly important role in the near future," said Dr. Hong Chen, GRIC's president and CEO. "We are very excited about the collaboration with Nokia, which we view as support of our technology and market position."
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