June 27, 2000
OpenAir and Concentric Form Strategic Partnership to Offer Users Additional
Internet Business Service Solutions
Small and Medium-Sized Companies Will Have Access to OpenAir Business Services
Through Concentric's Gateway
Boston (June 27, 2000) A new alliance between Concentric Network, a NEXTLINK
Communications Company (NASDAQ: NXLK), and OpenAir will enable both companies to
share resources and therefore strengthen and streamline business services offered to
small and medium-sized businesses. OpenAir is the recognized leader in Web-native
time billing and expense management. Concentric (www.concentric.com) is the leading provider of
e-business solutions for growing companies.
OpenAir will be integrated into the registration process on Concentric's small
business portal, "Gateway," which will allow users powerful new solutions for
structuring their outsourcing of business tasks. Concentric Gateway is a business
solutions center which aggregates services and applications that address a specific
company need, allowing small- and medium-sized companies to grow, manage and outsource
as their needs scale. The addition of OpenAir enables companies to streamline
business processes, thereby improving overall efficiencies.
"OpenAir is looking forward to our new partnership with Concentric and being a part
of their registration process," said Bill O'Farrell, CEO and founder of OpenAir.
"OpenAir will now be able to offer our users Web-hosting and DSL capabilities on the
OpenAir Web site through Concentric."
"We are pleased about leveraging the OpenAir unique business solution on our
Concentric Gateway," said Connie DeWitt small/medium business marketing for Concentric.
"We have pulled together a collection of solutions and applications that enable
companies to efficiently and effectively manage their businesses via the Internet. The
streamlining capabilities offered by OpenAir are an ideal complement to this
OpenAir, founded in 1999 as Timebills.com, is a trusted Web-native platform of
seamlessly integrated services that efficiently and economically streamlines business
processes. These services allow professionals to build and submit proposals, analyze
employee time, report and approve travel expenses online, track and bill time, create
and deliver invoices, and outsource payroll and expense reimbursement.
More than 30,000 professionals currently utilize OpenAir to remove the frustration
associated with common business tasks and drive revenue more efficiently.
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, OpenAir supports all major Internet
browsers and is easily accessed from any Internet-equipped computer. All data is backed
up on state-of-the-art servers, encrypted, password protected and only accessible to the
Concentric Network, an operating unit of NEXTLINK Communications, is a global provider
of leading data and Internet services. Together with NEXTLINK, the company offers local
and long distance voice, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) access, Web hosting and
e-commerce, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), dedicated access, global transit and
application infrastructure services for delivering applications over the Internet or a
NEXTLINK has assembled an unrivaled set of facilities-based broadband networks that,
when complete, will serve much of the United States, Canada and Europe. In the United
States, NEXTLINK has more than 410,000 metro fiber miles in operation and a 384,000
fiber-mile inter-city network under construction. The Company is also North America's
largest holder of fixed broadband wireless spectrum, with licenses covering 95 percent
of the population of the 30 largest U.S. cities and a partnership with licenses covering
all of the top cities in Canada. NEXTLINK has also acquired more than 80,000 metro fiber
miles in Europe to serve the London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris markets.
Additionally, NEXTLINK acquired an 88,000 pan-European fiber network connecting 21 major
European cities and transatlantic capacity that will eventually expand to 10 Gbps.
Publicly traded NEXTLINK (NASDAQ:NXLK) is headquartered in McLean, Virginia and
Concentric is located in San Jose, California. For more information visit www.NEXTLINK.com or www.concentric.net or contact Public Relations at