Voiceglo selects CIENA/Laurel equipment to support VoIP service

June 9, 2004 Linthicum, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA -- CIENA Corp. and Laurel Networks Inc. today announced that global full-service Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) communications company Voiceglo has deployed a joint CIENA/Laurel multiservice edge solution to support its rapidly growing GloPhone service.

June 9, 2004 Linthicum, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA -- CIENA Corp. and Laurel Networks Inc. today announced that global full-service Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) communications company Voiceglo has deployed a joint CIENA/Laurel multiservice edge solution to support its rapidly growing GloPhone service.

CIENA DN 7100 multiservice edge switches and Laurel ST200 service edge routers provide the voice switching, Internet routing and peering, sophisticated quality of service (QoS), subscriber management, and interface flexibility required to economically and reliably deliver local, long distance, and international GloPhone service to any Internet-enabled computer worldwide, claim the companies.

Voiceglo, a global communications company, offers Web-based home and business phone service to anyone anywhere in the world. Voiceglo customers can use the Internet to make and receive local and long distance calls, using their existing phone number. Voiceglo's flagship product, GloPhone, allows users to make calls directly from their browsers to any telephone in the world. GloPhone Blue, a free product, offers users the ability to make unlimited calls to other GloPhone users at no cost.

"GloPhone delivers crystal-clear calls and value-added features to a rapidly growing user base over any broadband or dial-up Internet connection," explains Edward Cespedes, president of Voiceglo. "That rate of service innovation and growth requires an infrastructure with the highest performance and flexibility. Only the CIENA/Laurel solution delivered the rich features needed to tie into softswitches and media gateways, manage our peering agreements, guarantee voice quality, and provide service over multiple access networks," he adds.

CIENA's DN 7000 series multiservice edge switching platform enables service providers to deliver customized services based on customer demand and service area density at lower price points than any product on the market today, say CIENA representatives. On a single platform, the 7000 series delivers native Frame Relay, ATM, Ethernet, Circuit Emulation Services (CES), and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) functionality. The DN 7000 series allows service providers to protect and expand their current Layer 2 investments and migrate their existing and new services to IP/MPLS-based converged backbones.

Laurel's ST-series service edge routers support all types of high-growth, value-added services, including Internet access, transit and peering, MPLS-based Layer 2 and IP VPNs, advanced broadband, VoIP and video in a single platform. Both members of the
ST-series service edge router family--the ST50 and ST200--maintain wire-speed performance with all services enabled on every port. In contrast, the architectural limitations of other edge platforms cause revenue-impacting performance limitations as service providers attempt to turn on multiple high-bandwidth services to growing numbers of users, contends Laurel representatives.

"GloPhone is exactly the type of sophisticated, high-growth service that the DN 7000 series and ST-series platforms were designed to support, and their selection is the latest example of the continuing success of the CIENA/Laurel partnership and product synergy," notes Bob O'Neil, general manager of CIENA's Data Networking Group.

"Innovative providers such as Voiceglo are leading the shift from best-effort bandwidth delivery to sophisticated value-added services," adds Steve Vogelsang, vice president of marketing and co-founder, Laurel Networks. "By combining multiservice delivery capabilities with the performance and scale needed to support high-growth, the ST-series and DN 7000 series platforms deliver the features required to support the next generation of advanced services."

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