GlobalEnglish Corporation and Telecom Italia S.p.A. Forge Major Sales and Distribution Relationship
World's fourth largest telecom company licenses the Web-based GlobalEnglish service for company-wide English-language instruction; Telecom Italia will also distribute the GlobalEnglish service in Italy through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Trainet
Daly City, CA, March 27, 2000 — GlobalEnglishTM Corporation, the leading solution for learning English online, today announced that it has entered into a major sales and distribution relationship with Telecom Italia S.p.A., the world's fourth largest telecommunications company and the largest services provider and operator in Italy. Under the terms of the agreement, Telecom Italia will deploy a 10,000-user GlobalEnglish corporate site license, making GlobalEnglish its standard for company-wide English language instruction. In addition, Telecom Italia will also distribute the GlobalEnglish service in Italy through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Trainet.
Corporate Training Transitioning to the Web
Beginning this year, Telecom Italia will transition many of its employee training courses, currently on CD-ROM, to the more scalable and distributed environment of the Internet.
"Web-based training is the wave of the future and GlobalEnglish is at the forefront -- with cutting-edge technologies and proven methodologies for teaching English online," said Mr. Coletti, president of Telecom Italia's Trainet subsidiary. "We recognize the critical importance of English-language proficiency in today's global economy, and are excited to be working with GlobalEnglish to provide Telecom Italia and other companies with this vital training capability."
Because Internet training is available anytime, anywhere, from any computer with an Internet connection, courses can be taken at home or at work, during the day, night or weekends. Online courses eliminate the need for costly classroom training and can increase employee productivity by not interfering with regular work schedules. And, unlike CD-ROM courses, Web-based programs like those from GlobalEnglish offer new and dynamic course content that is updated on a regular basis.
Growing Corporate Demand for English-Language Training
Corporate demand for English language training is growing dramatically as well. According to the research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), corporate training is a $60 billion market in the U.S. alone. While the Internet portion is still relatively small, about $500 million in 1999, it is forecast to grow to $7 billion by 2002 -- an impressive fourteen-fold increase.
"Our corporate training program is designed to give businesses a competitive edge," said Mahesh Ram, vice president of corporate business development for GlobalEnglish. "In addition to providing the most effective English-language instruction service available, we leverage the latest technologies to enable widespread, convenient and affordable access to thousands of users. As a result, companies save time and money and can empower a much broader employee population."
The GlobalEnglish corporate service features multiple courses with an emphasis on engaging learning activities that simulate real-world experiences in a business environment. Users have round-the-clock access to skilled English-language teachers and can even receive assistance with written documents, such as reports or presentations, through the unique "Personal Editor" service. For corporate clients, GlobalEnglish provides a range of special services, from customized user interfaces to powerful, easy-to-use reporting and site administration tools.
About Telecom Italia
Telecom Italia is the world's fourth largest fixed-wire telephony product and service provider serving nearly 6 million customers throughout Italy. One of Europe's largest and most successful telecommunications companies, Telecom Italia has 100 offices spanning 44 countries and employs nearly 126,000 worldwide. Headquartered in Rome, the Telecom Italia Group covers the entire ICT spectrum: fixed-wire, mobile and satellite telecommunications, multimedia, IT, pay TV, manufacturing and installations. Telecom Italia Mobile, the company's mobile telephony business, is Europe's largest, with more than 12 million subscribers. For more information, visit the Telecom Italia Web site at www.telecomitalia.it.
About GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish is the leading provider of online assessment, learning and support for Business English communication for the world's top companies. The company offers a suite of scalable, on-demand products that help employees improve their ability to communicate effectively in English and enables companies to succeed in the global marketplace.
GlobalEnglish is proudly made up of a team of global consultants who partner with clients to assess their Business English needs, ensure successful implementation and provide ongoing local support to over 30 countries worldwide.
GlobalEnglish is the preferred choice of the world's largest companies, including BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Cisco, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, GSK, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton, John Deere, Procter & Gamble, Unisys and Wyeth.
For more information, please visit www.GlobalEnglish.com.