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Merlot Communications, Inc. and iFone, S.A de C.V,
Today Announced a Partnership to Deliver Enhanced
High Speed Internet Access Solutions to Strategic
Markets in Mexico

Bethel, CT and Mexico City – January 12, 2004— Merlot Communications, Inc., and iFone, S.A. de C.V, today announced an agreement whereby iFone will offer the Merlot VROOMServiceTM High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) product to strategic Mexican markets.

iFone will introduce, exclusively, the Merlot solution in Mexico. According to Jose Colagrossi, Merlot Vice President of Worldwide Sales, "We chose iFone because of its extensive expertise in the telecommunications industry, its relationships with local Mexican carriers and resellers and its strong interest in seeing Merlot HSIA equipment succeed in their market.  We believe iFone's understanding of customer requirements for HSIA coupled with their knowledge of how to apply the Merlot technology to those needs will make them very successful in selling our products."

Antonio Treviño, iFone president and CEO, said “The agreement with Merlot supports our mission to provide convergent technology solutions to allow people and companies to access a new global economy that is ubiquitous and geographically disperse. The distribution of Merlot products in Mexico requires the resources that we have, and the strategic customers for the Merlot VROOMServiceTMHSIA are in our market.” 

The Merlot product is a new offering for the Mexican market. “Merlot VROOMServiceTM enables High Speed Internet Access in any kind of building. The first market segment we will focus on is hotels and motels, and shortly, we will market to hospitals, construction companies, malls and universities too,” said Marco Gutierrez, iFone Business Development Director.

The Merlot VROOMService solution uses a property’s existing telephone system wiring to provide guaranteed high bandwidth connections to the Internet while allowing simultaneous voice communications. The telephone wall jack in each room is simply replaced with the Merlot LapJack™ wall plate, which is quickly connected to the existing telephone wiring. Merlot’s solution is different from others in that the Merlot LapJack receives its power over the same wires that carry the high-speed data, and the technology guarantees fixed bandwidth of 10 Mbps to each user on the system.

About iFone
iFone, S.A. de C.V. is a telecommunications company focused on selling communication systems and services.  iFone offers telecommunications and Internet solutions, installations, software development, technical support, maintenance programs, training and consulting.  As a Merlot Distribution Partner for Mexico, iFone is developing the distribution channel and is responsible for launching the Merlot product into the region. For more information, visit www.ifone.com.mx

About Merlot Communications
Merlot Communications, Inc., is a provider of turnkey communications infrastructure solutions that enable delivery of High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) to a variety of markets, with an initial focus on the Hospitality industry. Merlot solutions deliver high quality broadband communications services within buildings over virtually any wired infrastructure, from ordinary telephone wire to CAT-5 cable. Merlot also offers hotels full service Wi-Fi (802.11b) Internet access solutions. Merlot VROOMServiceTM HSIA is a total solution that advances a property’s communications infrastructure to generate increased revenue and provide high levels of user satisfaction. Merlot delivers superior technology and system reliability, the most elegant user interface available and a proven business model that offers a fast ROI and long-term investment protection.  Merlot is headquartered in Bethel, CT. For more information, visit www.merlotcom.com.

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Contact:
Merlot Communications, Inc.
Victoria Desidero
 VP of Marketing
4 Berkshire Boulevard
Bethel, Connecticut 06801
(203) 730-1791 ext. 309
http://www.merlotcom.com
vdesidero@merlotcom.com

Adriana Cruz
iFone Public Relations
011-52-55-5207-53 05
acruz@ifone.com.mx



 
Also See: Renaissance Westchester Adds Additional Merlot VROOMService High Speed Internet Access as Hotel Continues to Record High Usage Rates / June 2003
STSN, Inc. and Merlot Communications, Inc. Announce Worldwide Strategic Partnership to Deliver Enhanced High Speed Internet Access Solutions to the Hospitality Market / June 2003


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