Terra Networks, Lotus Team Up on IM Service

SAN FRANCISCO (07/10/2000) - Lotus Development Corp. and Spanish ISP (Internet service provider) Terra Networks SA are collaborating on Internet-related projects, the pair announced Monday. The first fruit of the partnership will be a worldwide instant messaging (IM) service dubbed InstanTerra, which will be based on Lotus' Sametime online collaboration software.

Using Lotus' Sametime software, which incorporates instant messaging, InstanTerra will enable connected users to engage each other in real-time chat, the IBM Corp. subsidiary and Terra Networks said in a joint release issued Monday.

InstanTerra is already on offer in Brazil. Through its partnership with Lotus, Terra Networks plans to launch the instant messaging service shortly in Chile, Mexico and Spain, then in the U.S., Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

Terra Networks is a Net subsidiary of Spanish telecommunications carrier Telefónica SA and, as well as being an ISP, also provides Web content aimed at an audience of Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

Terra Networks and Lotus will also work together on developing a co-branded Web site for Spanish and Portuguese speakers, the companies said. Customers browsing the headlines section of the welcome page of the U.S. vendor's Notes groupware software will be able to access the co-branded site. The content that users will see there will depend on the language of the Notes client they're using. So, for example, Spanish speakers in Europe will receive content from Terra Spain, while users based in the U.S. will receive content from Terra USA.

Brazil-based Portuguese speakers will receive content from Terra Brazil.

In May of this year, Terra Networks announced plans to merge with U.S. Web portal provider Lycos Inc. in a stock-swap deal then valued at US$12.5 billion.

[See "UPDATE - Terra to Buy Lycos in US$12.5B Stock Deal," May 16.]Lotus is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and can be reached at +1-617-577-8500 or http://www.lotus.com/. Terra Networks, based in Madrid, can be reached via the Web at http://www.terranetworks.com/. Telefónica, also based in Madrid, can be reached via the Web at http://www.telefonica.com/.

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