News Release

Cisco and Simplified Chosen to Deliver End-to-End VoIP Network for Spain's Mundi Telecom

Customers will get State-of-the Art Converged Network Providing both Voice and Data Services
Jun 07, 2000

ATLANTA, GA, June 7, 2000 - Cisco Systems, Inc. and Simplified today announced that Mundi Telecom, currently a voice/data reseller and leading calling card provider in Spain, has chosen the two companies to help them deploy the first advanced end-to-end IP-based network covering all 52 Spanish Points of Presence (POPs). The announcement was made at the SuperComm 2000 trade show which opened here yesterday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Mundi Telecom, which recently received a B1 telecommunications infrastructure license to offer carrier services throughout Spain from the Spanish regulatory agency, awarded Cisco and Simplified a multi-million dollar contract to supply voice and data communications systems. The carrier will initially offer tandem, fixed line and calling card access while focusing on the development of a comprehensive range of voice and data products for the ISP, ASP and business markets.

"The Cisco/Simplified solution was the most complete option available in the market place," said Steve Beaumont, chief operating officer, Mundi Telecom. "It clearly will put control into our customers' hands. The fact that everything will be run from a single network minimizes management resources and prevents fraud while the browser-based interface will reduce our training costs and open access to all aspects of our business."

The Cisco network solution includes Cisco 12000 and 7200 routers, Cisco VCO/4K open programmable switches, Cisco AS5300 Access Servers, H323 Gatekeepers and Catalyst 6500s. Simplified software will provide all the functions necessary to manage the network, including switch configuration, service provisioning, reporting, data grooming and billing. Additionally, the Simplified host will generate real-time reporting and billing and will provide flexible deployment of enhanced services, such as prepaid calling.

"As Mundi Telecom deploys Cisco's New World voice technology, it will join a growing list of global carriers that recognize the flexibility, cost-effectiveness and profitability inherent in moving to a multiservice packet-based infrastructure," said Larry Lang, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco System. "As the leader in voice-enabling data networks, Cisco is best positioned to help Mundi Telecom with this strategic deployment."

"By using the Simplified solution, Mundi Telecom will be able to provide instant services for its customers in Spain with the flexibility to add additional value-added services in the future," said Ruth Anne Heskin, vice president and general manager, international, Simplified. "Moreover Mundi Telecom will be able to achieve convenience, control and time-to-market advantages."

Simplified is a member of the Cisco New World Ecosystem partner program, a community of technology partners working together to enable service providers to rapidly develop and deploy innovative telecommunications services. These technology partners support Cisco's open, standards-based architectures and commitment to interoperable multi-vendor solutions.

The Simplified solution runs on Hewlett Packard (HP) 9000 servers, with HP's Open Call platform providing the SS7 signaling interfaces. Seimens Network Systems Limited (SNSL) is managing the network.