PSINet Inc., the big Internet services company based in Herndon, is continuing its advance into foreign markets.

Last week, it announced that its Japanese subsidiary had won a "Type 1" license that allows it to own telecommunications facilities in Japan. PSI plans to use the license to offer high-speed networking services in that country and other parts of Asia.

The previous week, PSI disclosed deals to buy Netline Comunicaciones S.A., a privately held Internet service provider in Chile, and Netsystem, a network integration services company in Argentina. Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

On Second Thought

Another area technology company has shed a not entirely memorable name for a moniker that just screams tech.

HCL James Martin Inc. of Fairfax is now Intelicent, chief executive Janet Wylie has announced.

By whichever name, it's a 150-person information technology consulting firm that advises international companies on issues such as how to modernize their computer systems. It's in the middle of positioning itself for life after Dec. 31 -- fixing the millennium bug is a current key source of revenue.

With its new name it follows in the wake of Xybernaut Corp. of Fairfax (once Computer Products & Services Inc.), Doceus Inc. of Washington (once Ideal Computer Strategies Inc.) and Teligent Inc. (formerly Associated Communications LLC).