News Release

NetVoice Technologies Selects Cisco Systems to Provide Advanced Internet Telephony Solutions

Scalable, End-to-End Solution Will Deliver High-Value
May 12, 1999

Scalable, End-to-End Solution Will Deliver High-Value Services

DALLAS, Texas -- May 12, 1999 -- NetVoice Technologies (NTVT), the leading wholesale provider of Internet telephony services, today announced that it has selected Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, to provide Internet telephony solutions for NetVoice. NetVoice Technologies will purchase Cisco gateways and switched routers to deploy in its facilities around the country.

As the leading wholesale provider, NetVoice Technologies traffics substantial carrier minutes between cities in the United States. The scalable, end-to-end Cisco solution will enable NetVoice to further expand the volume of minutes originating from both North America and NetVoice's overseas partners. For Cisco, the NetVoice Technologies network fully demonstrates the robust capabilities of its data and voice technologies for the Internet telephony service provider (ITSP) market.

"Cisco is excited to team with an innovative Internet telephony trailblazer like NetVoice Technologies to offer New World services," said Kevin Kennedy, senior vice president of the Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco Systems. "NetVoice's relationship with Cisco will enable it to deploy the most advanced solutions in the market and to deliver high-value services ahead of the competition."

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

The Cisco Solution

The Cisco AS5300 access 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 96 voice sessions or as many as 192 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.

The Cisco 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 NetVoice Technologies

NetVoice, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, owns and operates telecommunication facilities and networks and is a leader in Internet telephony. NetVoice plans on building out its own IP telephony network throughout the United States. Through its own network and with other partners, NetVoice is able to offer IP telephony services to and from its network throughout the United States and internationally. NetVoice's goal is to reach 100 million Internet telephony minutes per month by the end of 1999. Through their IP telephony network, NetVoice enables carriers, prepaid card operators, and telephony resellers to reduce costs and increase profit margins. Currently, NetVoice has gateway facilities established in 18 cities located in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. In April, NetVoice plans on establishing gateways in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amarillo and El Paso, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

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