News Release

Cisco Systems Teams with VIP Calling to Deliver Global Internet Telephony Services

VIP Calling Network Deploys End-to-End Cisco Solution
Oct 26, 1998

VIP Calling Network Deploys End-to-End Cisco Solution Including Gateways and Switches for Voice and Fax Services

BURLINGTON, Mass.-- October 26, 1998 -- VIP Calling, Inc., the leading wholesale provider of international Internet telephony services, today announced that it has selected Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, to provide Internet telephony solutions for The VIP Calling Network internationally. VIP Calling will purchase more than $10 million worth of Cisco gateways and switches to deploy in its facilities around the world.

As the leading wholesale provider, VIP Calling traffics substantial carrier minutes between North America and its points of presence overseas. The scalable end-to-end Cisco solution will enable The VIP Calling Network to further expand the volume of minutes originating from both North America and VIP Calling's overseas partners. For Cisco, The VIP Calling Network fully demonstrates the robust capabilities of its synergistic data and voice technologies for the rapidly emerging Internet telephony service provider (ITSP) market.

"Cisco is excited to team with an innovative Internet telephony trailblazer like VIP Calling to demonstrate the validity of our voice-over-IP solutions in a commercial, international wholesale service," said Kevin Kennedy, senior vice president and general manager of the Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco Systems. "As more and more carriers route an ever-greater proportion of their voice and fax traffic using IP, they can depend on the Cisco/VIP Calling relationship to deliver reliable, scalable voice-over-IP solutions."

"VIP Calling was attracted to Cisco because of its undisputed position as the leader in Internet data transmission. Cisco's commitment to develop voice switched technology makes it the ideal partner for realizing true integration between tandem switches and Internet telephony gateways," said Ofer Gneezy, president and CEO of VIP Calling. "Deploying an end-to-end Cisco solution enables VIP Calling to continue rapid expansion of its network traffic."

The Cisco Solution

The Cisco AS5300 server is designed to support the growing volume of dial-in and voice connections to service providers and corporate networks. It delivers optimum performance for as many as 60 voice sessions or as many as 120 concurrent analog modem calls and ISDN B channels over a single dial-in telephone number. As the next-generation Cisco universal access server, the Cisco AS5300 raises the bar for performance in high-traffic, real-world environments.

Cisco's portfolio of voice-over-IP (VoIP) enabled gateway products includes the Cisco 2600, Cisco 3600, Cisco AS5300 and the Cisco AccessPath VS3 access system. The Cisco AS5300 VoIP gateway is a high-performance H.323-compliant gateway optimized for VoIP applications. Supporting up to 2T1/E1 digital trunks, it connects with existing telephones and fax machines through the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), key systems and PBXs, making the process of placing calls over the IP network transparent to users.

According to Mier Communications, a networking consultancy and product-test center that tested the voice/fax feature cards for the Cisco AS5300, "The quality of voice, under normal network operating conditions, is the best of any VoIP product we have tested to date."

About VIP Calling

VIP Calling, Inc., based in Burlington, Mass., is a leading facilities-based carrier utilizing the Internet to provide wholesale international telecommunication services. Founded in 1996, the company has leveraged its engineering and telecommunications expertise to deploy the VIP Calling Network, a state-of-the-art IP telephony network providing PSTN-level quality. The VIP Calling Network has gateway and switching facilities in New York and Los Angeles, a Network Operations Center in Burlington, Mass., and high capacity points of presence (POP) in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South America. VIP Calling enables carriers, prepaid card operators and telephony resellers to reduce costs and increase profit margins.

Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is theworldwide leader in networking for the Internet.

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