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 Mexico's Milenium Hotel Group Installing  IPORT™ Internet Access System 
Las Vegas, NV, May 10, 1999 – ATCOM/INFO today announced that the Century Hyatt in Tokyo has added the IPORT™ Internet Access System to several floors of the 766-room property, making it the first hotel in Japan to provide high-speed Internet access service in guestrooms.  Additionally, the Milenium Hotel Group has completed installation of IPORT in the Holiday Inn Express in Monterrey and plans to bring the technology to its eight other properties throughout Mexico and the United States.  The debut of IPORT in both Mexico and Japan solidifies the company’s position as the global leader in public Internet technology. 

ATCOM/INFO’s partnership with Tut Systems has enabled hotels to provide ‘plug and play,’ high-speed Internet access that runs over their existing phone lines.  The companies have built a tightly integrated, complete solution in the US – comprising Tut System’s Expresso MDU technology with the IPORT platform – and have set up a joint VAR channel to aggressively pursue more international opportunities together. 

The introduction of IPORT marks ATCOM’s first foray into Japan and Mexico, expanding the technology’s reach to three continents.  IPORT provides guests with an Internet connection that is up to 50 times faster than a standard dial-up computer modem, enabling them to access and download presentations, images, long documents or short videos over a dedicated  T-1 line. IPORT also provides guests with “plug and play” connectivity to the Internet, requiring no software or reconfiguration. 

“The Milenium Hotel Group has recognized the importance of providing business travelers with convenient and compatible Internet access, and the service provided by the IPORT platform helps set our properties apart from the competition,” remarked Enrique Sanchez, corporate planning director for the Milenium Hotel Group. “Our installation of IPORT in Monterrey is just the first step in our plans to incorporate high-speed Internet access into our other properties in Mexico and the United States.” 

“The Century Hyatt Tokyo prides itself on offering its business travelers the most advanced business services available, a reputation that has been advanced by the installation of IPORT,” said Eiko Akiyama, public relations director for the Century Hyatt. “The IPORT Internet Access System provides our guests with high-speed Internet access from the privacy of their room – an addition that makes each room at the Century Hyatt Tokyo an ‘office away from the office’ with all the comfort of a ‘home away from home.’” 

IPORT will also be available in the business centers of the two hotels, as well as their conference and meeting rooms.  Business and convention delegates, who previously had to dial out with a modem to present Web sites or access the Internet, will now have the power and convenience of high-speed Internet access.  Guests wishing to take advantage of ATCOM/INFO’S IPORT in the Monterrey and Tokyo properties will be billed a single low rate for 24 hours of Internet access. 

“The efforts of the Milenium Group and Century Hyatt to provide their guests with the most modern accommodations and business facilities would not be complete without in-room high-speed Internet access,” said Tom Caldwell, vice president of marketing and business development at ATCOM/INFO.  “The introduction of IPORT in Japan and Mexico extends our technology to an entirely new audience of international travelers, an audience which will quickly come to expect high-speed Internet access from all hotels.” 

About the Milenium Hotel Group 

The Milenium Hotel Group, provides hospitality services, owns, manages and operates properties throughout Northern Mexico, and Southern Texas. The main goal of this hotel group is to achieve customer satisfaction. Milenium Hotel Group is devoted in providing state-of-the-art technology and high quality standards in the services provided to its guests as well as in its corporate office. The commitment established by this hotel group of customer satisfaction is aimed to the customers, but also to the staff, by knowing that the human force is the most important asset in the company. For the guests, there are different choices of comfortable hotels located in the most important cities in Northern Mexico, like: Monterrey, Ciudad Juárez, Torréon and very soon in Ciudad Victoria. As well as in McAllen, TX. These hotels have been distinguished with the following: "Torchbearer Award," "Quality Excellence Award", "The Best of the Best Award" as well as "Best Manager". The brands listed under Milenium's operation are: Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express® by Bass Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and Country Inns & Suites® by Carlson Hotels WorldwideSM . 

Based in San Diego, ATCOM/INFO is the leading provider of services and software for public high-speed Internet access.  ATCOM/INFO Internet systems are targeted for use in public facilities and the hospitality market segment throughout the United States and the world, including airports, hotels, convention centers and other public areas.  ATCOM/INFO’s mission is to provide superior software products and services for information delivery to users in public places.  This includes pay-per-use public Internet ports (IPORT Internet Access System), kiosk management software and custom software solutions designed to meet specific customer needs. 

Carlos Mendoza Morales
Corporate Operations Director 
(011 528 3896061)
Tom Caldwell
619-699-4000 ext. 203
Also See: Internet Access for the Road Warrior Easier Than Ever / July 1998 
Technology: A Guide to Lodging Internet Connectivity / HMM / Russell Shaw / June 1998 

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