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USA Global Link Hires Top Industry CFO.

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 19, 1999--

New Chief Financial Officer RICK WELLER To Lead Finance Group At USA Global Link

USA Global Link, Inc. (, a leading pioneer in the provision of discount international telecommunications, global Internet protocol (IP) networks and e-commerce services announced today that Rick Weller has joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Weller joins USA Global Link at an exciting time as the company expands its Global InterNetwork(SM), the world's first truly global IP-based telecom network. Mr. Weller comes to the company from Intek Information, Inc., where he was chief financial officer since 1997. Prior to Intek, Mr. Weller was vice president of finance for Sprint's consumer services group and assistant vice president of Sprint's business services group and its wholesale marketing group. He also served as head of Sprint's corporate-wide internal audit group. Prior to Mr. Weller's joining Sprint in 1990, he spent 10 years with Price Waterhouse.

"Rick assumes a leading position in our executive management team, responsible for all aspects of financial management of the business," says Mark Baker, CEO/President of USA Global Link. "Rick will be the driver of our new global financing strategy, tapping into the international financial markets and bringing his tremendous experience to bear on comprehensive development of the Global InterNetwork. Rick shares the USA Global Link vision and I am extremely pleased that he has accepted this exciting new challenge."

USA Global Link is currently in the first phases of deploying the Global InterNetwork's IP-based infrastructure and is developing a comprehensive marketing and organizational structure to support service offerings in 28 target countries worldwide. The Global InterNetwork infrastructure will be comprised of four major international switching centers in New York, London, Tokyo and Seattle connected by high-speed fiber-optic facilities, creating an IP-over-ATM backbone for worldwide transport of traditional narrowband and advanced broadband communications services, including new era Web-based e-commerce solutions. Initially, national and metropolitan gateways in nearly 60 cities in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas will provide local on-ramps to the Global InterNetwork's offerings. In conjunction with its technology partners 3Com, Siemens, Microsoft and Global Crossing, USA Global Link will be the first telco/Internet company in the world to deploy a global IP network on such a grand scale.

"We are all aware of Rick Weller's work and reputation in our industry as a successful driver, innovator and great achiever. Rick's addition to the `Mark Baker team' caps off a world-class industry group that has taken over 24 months to assemble. Our board is extremely proud of this group of leaders that represents some of the absolute best industry professionals from AT&T, MCI, SPRINT, US WEST and the like," says Dr. Christopher W. Hartnett, Founder and Chairman of USA Global Link. "Obviously, the challenges of the international telecom/Internet market today demand seasoned experts with many years of top-tier experience behind them and the flexibility and vision to create networks and products that are well ahead of our customers' needs. This team has the talent to accomplish and exceed our highest expectations."

About USA Global Link

USA Global Link, Inc., a privately-held company, has pioneered the provision of innovative telecommunications and Web-based e-commerce services to customers in more than 170 countries and territories. Since 1992, USA Global Link, Inc., has been one of the leaders in alternative, innovative global telecommunications strategies, including: international callback, deeply-discounted international long-distance, Global 800(SM) toll-free numbers, phone-to-phone Internet telephony and wholesale carrier's carrier least-cost routing Global Refile(SM) services. USA Global Link also offers full-featured corporate travel and prepaid calling card programs. With its Global ITSP(SM) (Internet telephony service provider) program, an Internet telephony turn-key solution for ISP's and carriers, and new Instant Call Button(SM) service, a Web-based e-commerce tool, the company has secured a leading position in the Internet/telephony integration services arena.

First launched in March 1997, USA Global Link's Global InterNetwork(SM) is the world's first international, facilities-based communications network based on Internet Protocol (IP) technology. When this ubiquitous multi-billion dollar, high-speed fiber-optic and wireless network is fully deployed, practically every major city in the world with a population in excess of 500,000, will host a Global MetroPoP(SM) switch, delivering cost-efficient data, voice, fax, video, and broadband multimedia services. The company has partnered with 3Com Corporation and Siemens Telecom Networks and others to meet the advanced technology demands of the Global InterNetwork deployment.

USA Global Link, Inc., has been a prominent player in introducing increasing competition into the international telecommunications marketplace through its active membership in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the U.S. Department of State's International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC). The company is a member of the Telecommunications Resellers Association (TRA) and a founding member of the International Resale Council (IRC), the Voice on the Net Coalition (VON Coalition), and the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) in which it holds a board seat. USA Global Link, Inc. is headquartered in Iowa, Colorado, USA and The Netherlands.

Global InterNetwork, Global Refile, Instant Call Button, Global MetroPoP, Global ITSP and Global 800 are registered service marks of USA Global Link, Inc. All other product or service marks mentioned herein are those of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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