SOURCE: ICOA, Inc.

December 06, 2006 08:40 ET

ICOA, Inc. to Provide Evente, Inc. With Help Desk Service

ICOA's Call Center Delivers 24/7 Support to Users of Evente Procurement System

WARWICK, RI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2006 -- ICOA, Inc. (OTCBB: ICOA) and Evente, Inc. announced that ICOA has contracted to provide advanced 24/7 help desk support to users of the Evente.com supply chain management system. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Evente's web-based system gives small and mid-sized businesses a powerful, easy-to-use solution for managing their purchasing. It enables these companies to work closely with key suppliers and other vendors to control costs, cut paperwork, reduce product development time and minimize inventory. Evente gives these smaller firms the same kind of advanced supply chain management capabilities that until now have been available only though costly, complex systems affordable only for very large corporations.

"Evente is designed to be easy to use, with no software to install, and minimal setup time," said Todd Taricco, chairman and CEO of Evente. Inc. "But we recognize that, even with our extensive online help, some users may need more support. That's why we turned to ICOA, which has a proven track record in delivering effective help desk support to users of Web-based systems."

George Strouthopoulos, chairman and CEO of ICOA, said, "We are very pleased to be partnering with Evente. Supporting Evente users is a logical extension of our call center operations. In addition, virtually every location we serve is a potential user of the Evente system. There are powerful synergies between Evente and ICOA which I believe will contribute to the growth of both companies."

ICOA specializes in helping businesses in a wide range of industries use Web technology to attract and retain customers and build revenues. It installs Wi-Fi access systems for restaurants, airports, hotels, motels, campgrounds and other high-traffic locations, which these locations use to offer their customers free or fee-based wireless broadband Internet service.

To maximize the appeal of Web access as a customer amenity, ICOA also offers sophisticated back-end operational controls, content filtering and around-the-clock live support from US-based help desk operators.

The ICOA Wi-Fi networks offers customers of the host locations secure, convenient broadband wireless Internet access. The on-premises networks typically cover the entire store as well as adjacent areas, such as parking lots and outdoor patios. While popular with customers at any time, the networks have proven to be an especially effective way of generating additional business at off-peak times.

About ICOA, Inc.

ICOA, Inc. (OTCBB: ICOA) is a national provider of wireless and wired broadband Internet networks in high-traffic public locations. ICOA provides design, installation, operation, maintenance and management of Wi-Fi hot-spot and hot-zone Internet access. Based in Warwick, Rhode Island, ICOA owns or operates over 2,000 broadband access installations in high-traffic locations across 45 states, located in airports, quick-service restaurants, hotels and motels, travel plazas, marinas, universities, and municipal structures and locales. ICOA networks are compatible with widely used 802.11x technology and with virtually all Internet service providers. Further information is at www.icoacorp.com.

About Evente, Inc.

Evente, Inc. provides powerful, easy-to-use supply chain management technology to small and mid-sized businesses. The Web-based system for linking buyers and suppliers, online at www.Evente.com, can be implemented quickly and easily with no need to buy or install software. It delivers the same sophisticated capability and depth of features as the costly, complex systems typically used only by large corporations, but without the complexity or high price. (During its launch phase, Evente is suspending all usage charges.) Evente, based in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, is privately held.

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