Wired and Wireless Broadband Solutions to the Hospitality Market
Needing to Upgrade their Obsolete Broadband Services
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."
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