GRIC Teams with Wayport

By Matthew Peretz

April 03, 2002

Worldwide dial-up provider GRIC Communications breaks into U.S. WiFi market.

WiFi hotspot provider Wayport, Inc. has teamed with GRIC Communications, the companies reported in a statement issued today. The agreement will provide GRIC customers with access at Wayport-enabled U.S. hotels and airports. Prior to this GRIC has had limited WiFi offerings and no significant U.S. presence in the WiFi market.

Wayport has been rolling out its subscription-based WiFi service in airports and hotels in the United States, with 450 hotel lobbies and four airports (gates/terminals) already covered by WiFi service. Wayport also provides wired access in an additional 5 airports and over 100,000 guest rooms in hotels. Wayport's 13 Laptop Lane business centers provide mobile office features like private offices, conference calling, shipping services, and fax/phone services to all customers.

GRIC Communications, through its GRIC Alliance Network, comprises over 300 ISPs, telecoms, and wireless-ISPs in over 150 countries. GRIC claims to have 17,000 dialing locations, which will now include Wayport's wirless and wired hotspots at U.S. airports and hotels. GRIC plans to integrate the Wayport-enabled locations into its existing secure remote access offering.

GRIC, which formerly had been concentrating its efforts in the area of aggregating dial-up locations worldwide, appears finally to have had some success breaking into the U.S. WiFi market. The company has been in negotiations with WiFi providers for several months, including talks with Wayport which finally appear to have paid off.

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