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Thursday, January 11, 2001
BLACKSTONE AWARDED TELECOM ITALIA DISTRIBUTION
Blackstone, one of the nation's leading providers of prepaid products and services, was named by Telecom Italia as the master distributor of their International Phone Card in United States. According to Luis Arias, Blackstone president and chief executive officer, "To have been awarded distribution by a company of Telecom Italia's reputation is exciting, especially as this is their first endeavor in the United States. We anticipate tremendous retailer and consumer response for this product which offers exceptional rates to Europe from the United States, and vice versa." Telecom Italia is one of the world's largest fixed telephony products and services companies. Their network employs cutting-edge technologies such as ISDN and ATM which allows Telecom Italia to offer their customers a vast range of advanced narrowband services. Their fiber optic network extends for roughly 2.6 million kilometers, making them second only to BT (British Telecom) in Europe. Blackstone has rapidly become one of the country's largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. In addition to the industry's widest assortment of prepaid phone cards, prepaid and postpaid cellular products, and prepaid paging, Blackstone also offers the most technologically advanced point of sale system on the market today. For more information on Blackstone products and services, call Andy Viera at 1-888-639-9590 ext. 205. * Information on Telecom Italia was obtained from their website.