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 EveryWire™ System Provides Hotels 
with Easy In-Room Installation of 
Internet Access Without Cost of Rewiring
 
AUSTIN, Texas – June 21, 1999 – Wayport, Inc., a leading high speed Internet solutions provider for hotels, airports and conference centers, has announced availability of its EveryWire™ system solution.  Whatever type of wiring plant currently exists in a hotel, Wayport’s EveryWire system can provide reliable Internet access based on standard Ethernet technology to guest rooms and meetings spaces with no disruption to operations and no displacement of guests. The Wayport EveryWire solution delivers fast Internet service over all existing wiring plants: Category 5, Category 3 and typical “unrated” wiring, saving hoteliers considerable capital costs that were previously required to re-wire hotels. 

“Until now, one of the barriers to rapid Internet deployment has been the understandable reluctance of hotel executives to spend anywhere from $200 to $400 per room to upgrade wiring plants on an operation that also displaces room revenue during installation,” said Brett Stewart, chief executive officer, Wayport. “With no rewiring costs, an inexpensive installation investment and quick guestroom install process, the Wayport EveryWire System is everything hoteliers want in Internet connectivity – fast, easy, and affordable. Because Wayport owns and operates all EveryWire networking equipment, Wayport, not the hotelier, is responsible for upgrading the equipment to support higher performance and new features in the future.” 

The Wayport EveryWire system is comprised of two flexible components, an EveryWire Network Distribution Unit (NDU) and either an in-room wall jack or a desktop unit. 

Wayport EveryWire Network Distribution Unit (NDU) located in the phone room. 

Wayport’s EveryWire NDU drives fast Ethernet over existing wire to guestrooms and is “ruggedized” to provide reliable network performance. The EveryWire equipment delivers maximum performance over each type of wiring plant. The first version of the EveryWire solution delivers 1/10 Mbps (Megabits per second) Ethernet over unrated wire, 10 Mbps Ethernet over Category 3 wire, and 10 and 100 Mbps performance over Category 5 wire. The EveryWire equipment can be installed in any hotel environment, from a humid service closet to a non-climate controlled laundry room. The Internet and network technologies are rapidly evolving, so Wayport has designed the EveryWire solution to keep up with rapid change. The NDU is designed to achieve highest performance and to support new features as they appear. 

Wayport EveryWire desktop unit or jack retermination in the guest room. 

Because installation of the Wayport EveryWire solution takes just a few minutes per room, no guest revenue is displaced when the room connection is made. The desktop unit has an RJ45 Ethernet jack on its side, in the same location as a typical modem dataport. Wayport is also collaborating with Teledex to provide an EveryWire version of its TeamNet unit. Hotels may alternatively choose to have the wall jack reterminated with an RJ45 Ethernet jack. Either installation is quick and easy, with no disruption of hotel operations. 

Wayport is accepting orders today for Wayport EveryWire installations starting in September 1999. 

About Wayport 

Wayport, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, provides fast, convenient connectivity for business people on the move. Wayport’s system allows travelers simple access to fast networks. The company is supported by its strategic relationships with major telecommunications carriers and IP providers that create the backbone for fast national connectivity.  Wayport is deploying its services in airports, hotels and conference centers throughout North America. Wayport is venture-financed, with strategic investments from Sevin Rosen Funds, Trellis Partners, New Enterprise Associates, New Venture Partners, GC Technology Fund and others.  

Wayport is a registered trademark and the Wayport logo and EveryWire are trademarks of Wayport, Inc. All other product names may be trademarks of their respective companies. 

“Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products, services and pricing, product/services, demand and market acceptance, new product development, business strategies of the Company or its competitors, reliance on key strategic alliances, availability of raw materials, changes in technology, the regulatory environment, fluctuations in operating results and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s prospectus or in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  
 

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Contact:
Dirk Heinen
Wayport, Inc.
617-926-6665 x 263
dirk@wayport.net
 
Also See: Marc Hughes Appointed VP of Sales at Wayport / June 1999 

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