News Release

Cisco Names Cbeyond Its "IP Innovator at the CompTel Expo 2006"

Leading IP-Based Managed Service Provider Recognized for Innovation in Converged Voice and Data Service Delivery
Oct 11, 2006

COMPTEL EXPO 2006 - ORLANDO, Fla. - October 11, 2006 - Cisco® today announced that it has recognized Cbeyond (Nasdaq: CBEY), a managed services provider to small businesses and a leader in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), as the "IP Innovator at the CompTel Expo 2006." CompTel member service providers across the United States were considered for this designation. Cbeyond was chosen due to its successful delivery of converged voice and data services to more than 23,000 small business customers.

Atlanta-based Cbeyond delivers integrated packages of voice, mobile and broadband services managed over a private, 100 percent VoIP facilities-based network. Its service offering has been adopted by a number of business segments, including healthcare, real estate and legal services.

"Cbeyond is leading the charge to become an 'experience provider' through the development and deployment of advanced converged voice and data services to its small business customers," said Vic Northrup, area vice president at Cisco. "Cisco is pleased to recognize Cbeyond as the first annual 'IP Innovator at the CompTel Expo."

Cbeyond's offering is based on the Cisco IP Next Generation (IP NGN) architecture, and features Cisco IAD 2400 Series smart integrated access devices, Cisco 10000 Series edge services routers, Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series Switches, Cisco 5850 Series Routers, Cisco AS5000 Voice Gateways and Cisco BTS softswitches. Additionally, Cbeyond, Cisco and others recently launched a managed SIP trunking service, based on the SIPconnect specification, which is a SIP Forum recommendation.

"We are honored to be recognized by Cisco for our delivery of converged voice and data services," said Brooks Robinson, chief marketing officer for Cbeyond. "Offering our small business customers a Cisco Powered Network-designated solution helps ensure that we are delivering industry-leading solutions to the marketplace."

Cbeyond has been a Cisco Powered Network program member since 2001. Its participation in the Cisco Powered Network program demonstrates its commitment to providing industry-leading services based on Cisco solutions. Cbeyond also benefits from its Cisco Powered Network designation through joint marketing and technology-sharing activities with Cisco.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond (NASDAQ: CBEY) is an Atlanta-based managed services provider that delivers integrated packages of voice, mobile and broadband services to small businesses in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Los Angeles. Cbeyond offers core communications services such as local and long-distance voice, mobile and broadband Internet access along with enhanced applications, including voicemail, email, Web hosting, fax-to-email, data backup, file-sharing, VPN and more. Cbeyond manages these services over a private, 100 percent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) facilities-based network. For more information on Cbeyond, visit