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Merlot Communications and StayOnline Partner to Offer Cutting Edge
Wired and Wireless Broadband Solutions to the Hospitality Market

Full-Scale Sales Initiative Throughout U.S. and Europe Targets Hoteliers
Needing to Upgrade their Obsolete Broadband Services 
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BETHEL, CT - December 6, 2005 - Merlot Communications Inc., the leading manufacturer of products and solutions that enable the transmission of voice, data and video over ordinary telephone wiring, today announced a strategic partnership with StayOnline, the early innovator and current market leader in Wi-Fi hospitality solutions.  This agreement unleashes an aggressive pursuit for the companies to combine their products and expertise to offer the hospitality market a state-of-the-art wired and wireless solution to replace current obsolete broadband systems. 

Merlot's technology provides an upgrade to legacy environments with a single platform to deliver voice, video and data services over all existing wiring conditions.  Merlot's powered wall-jack also eliminates the primary challenge of DSL systems: having to replace, repair or reboot in-room modems, as guests tend to unplug the modems in the guestrooms.  StayOnline provides hoteliers with state-of-the-art, reliable, and cost effective wireless Internet access solutions for guest and hotel use.  The combination of products, expertise and industry knowledge constitutes a powerful solution for hoteliers seeking the economic benefits of a wired/wireless broadband offering.  

"Merlot is working with best-of-breed partners to create a new class of integrated, end-to-end, next generation solutions for the hospitality market," said Gus Bottazzi, Chief Executive Officer of Merlot Communications.  "This agreement with StayOnline reflects our commitment to integrate technologies and provide our customers with broader, more comprehensive broadband solutions.  Both companies hold the same customer-focus ideals and tenacious competitive spirit ensuring market leadership through aggressive innovation and sales partnership." 

"The digital future of the hospitality industry will increasingly include wireless technologies for ease of use and guest convenience," said Antonio DiMilia, president and Chief Executive Officer of StayOnline. "Integrated wired and wireless technology from proven vendors like StayOnline and Merlot Communications will enhance the guest experience and provide a platform for adding other exciting applications such as Video on Demand, IP telephony and SmartRoom solutions that include automated mini bars, energy management and security devices." 
 
About Merlot Communications, Inc.
Merlot Communications manufactures and markets innovative technology and products that enable the delivery of wired and wireless broadband applications including Internet access and Video on Demand. The Merlot solution delivers guaranteed continuous 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) connection speeds with more reliability than technologies such as DSL. It maximizes the use of existing ordinary telephone wiring eliminating the added expense of wire upgrades and incorporates remote power, so there are no bulky modems or local power required. Merlot's customers include many of the world's leading hotels, as well as multiple tenant properties. Founded in 1997, Merlot is headquartered in Bethel, Connecticut.  For more information, please visit www.merlotcom.com.
 
About StayOnline(r)
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, StayOnline provides secure high-speed Internet access solutions for the hospitality industry. The company operates the largest, 100% WLAN in hotels in North America. StayOnline's wireless high-speed Internet solution is installed in over 85,000 guest rooms in more than 600 hotels and resorts across North America. StayOnline meets the highest quality standards and is Intel(r) Centrino verified. For additional information on StayOnline, visit www.stayonline.net .

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Contact:

Natasha Molamusa
Fusion PR, for Merlot
212.651.4207
http://www.merlotcom.com
Natasha.Molamusa@fusionpr.com


 


 
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Courtyard Nashville Downtown Gets 100 Percent Customer Satisfaction with Merlot VROOMService High Speed Internet Access / January 2004
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 / January 2004
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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