Hosted Communications Service Now in Cafes Serving Millions of Customers NEW YORK, Jun 20, 2001 /PRNewswire/ -- deltathree, Inc. (Nasdaq:
DDDC), the IP communications network and provider of hosted communications
solutions for service providers worldwide, today announced that easyEverything,
the world's largest chain of Internet cafes, has successfully implemented
deltathree's hosted Internet telephony services, making easyEverything the
largest chain of "Internet phone" superstores in the world.
Following several months of extensive in-store testing, and positive customer
response to the deltathree solution, easyEverything launched the service
throughout its network of cafes in Europe and the United States. Currently,
easyEverything stores have over two million log-ins per month, with the average
user spending over 45 minutes online. The largest store, near Times Square in
New York City, has 800 PCs with Internet access and is open 24 hours a day.
Initially serving 16 cities, some with multiple cafes, easyEverything's plans
include franchising the stores to allow for even greater expansion.
easyEverything is selling easyEverything-branded phone cards, powered by
deltathree, over the counter at each cafe. All workstations in the stores will
have broadband capacity and telephone handsets, making PC-to-Phone calls
convenient and easy to use. The phone cards can also be used outside the cafe,
from any regular telephone, for Phone-to-Phone calls. As part of the launch
program, easyEverything is offering a discounted promotional calling card to all
Commenting on the performance of deltathree's Hosted Communications Solution,
Maurice Kelly, CEO of easyEverything, stated, "deltathree's solution is
unsurpassed in terms of quality, reliability, and support. It's a total package
that is user-friendly, and easy to implement. Value-added services such as
Internet telephony are strategically important for easyEverything, as we strive
to generate revenue from areas outside of our core business. If the initial
trials are any indication of future success, we believe this service will be
extremely popular with our customers."
Noam Bardin, President and CEO of deltathree, stated, "deltathree is very
pleased with the success of its recent in-store trials with easyEverything. We
predict the successful take-up of this service by easyEverything's customers
will lead to significant revenues for deltathree over the next few years. As
each new store opens, we will realize greater profitability."
deltathree's Hosted Communications Solution is a turnkey, private-branded Voice
over IP offering that allows any company to provide telecommunications services
to its customers. In addition to routing all calls through its award-winning
network, deltathree also provides all necessary back-end services for
easyEverything including infrastructure, account provisioning, billing,
e-commerce and customer support.
About deltathree, Inc.
Founded in 1996, deltathree, Inc., is an IP communications network and leading
provider of IP-based products and services. The company's Hosted Communications
Solution enables customers to strengthen their brands and improve shareholder
value by hosting voice services and providing the means to support them. In
addition to its VoIP product offerings, deltathree provides back-end VoIP
support services including Billing, Operations Management, Marketing Support,
and Network Management. deltathree routes IP telephony traffic to over 160
countries and for 18 international telecommunications carriers. The company
received the Best Built Public Network Award for excellence in IP
services/applications at SUPERCOMM 2000, and was named the best IP telephony
service by SmartMoney magazine and PC World Magazine.
easyEverything is the chain of the world's largest Internet cafes. It is the
brainchild of Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the easyGroup chairman, who also founded
easyJet.com and easyRentacar.com. easyEverything has developed a new way for
people to access the Internet outside the home. Stelios, having observed how
popular small cyber cafes were, in spite of the costly rates and often "nerdy"
atmospheres, decided to apply "supermarket economics" to what amounted to little
more than a cottage industry at the time. The result is the cheapest and best
Internet access money can buy outside the home. As people become more and more
dependant on the Internet, they need access to it at home, at work, and when on
the move. Moreover, for those of us not privileged enough to own a PC with
Internet access, easyEverything provides the easiest way to get online at
affordable prices. easyEverything has removed all the barriers to entry to the
For more information, contact Jarrett Bens of deltathree, Inc. at (212) 500-4869
and visit our web site at http://corp.deltathree.com. For investor relations,
contact Erik Knettel of Thomson Financial/Carson at (212) 701-1963.
For more information about easyEverything, contact James Rothnie at + 44 (0) 20
Except for historical matters contained herein, the matters discussed in this
press release are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the safe harbor
provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements reflect numerous
assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect deltathree's
business and prospects and cause actual results to differ materially from these
Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ are the inherent
uncertainty of financial estimates and projections, the competitive environment
for Internet telephony, deltathree's limited operating history, changes of rates
of all related telecommunications services, the level and rate of customer
acceptance of new products and services, legislation that may affect the
Internet telephony industry, rapid technological changes, and other risk factors
contained in deltathree's periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q on file
with the SEC and available through http://www.sec.gov.
SOURCE deltathree, Inc.
CONTACT: Jarrett Bens of deltathree, Inc. 212-500-4869; or investor
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