Network Services allow seamless TDM-IP unification.

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AccessNOW(TM) suite of advanced network services enable users to provide IP and TDM communications-based services via MPLS-based VoiceOne(TM) network without additional hardware or network builds. Virtual Switch Extensions (VSE) feature offers ability to provision and mediate services nationwide, while Voice IP Endpoint Migration (VEM) provides ability to provision IP endpoints for enterprise IADs, IP-PBXs, and IP telephones.



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Volo Announces New AccessNOW Suite of Advanced Network Services



Enables Protocol Mediation and Virtual Switching for Carriers Allowing for Rapid IP Services Deployment With No Investment

Orlando, Fla. March 14, 2005: Volo Communications, a leading global wholesale provider of advanced voice and data services, today announced its new AccessNOW(TM) suite of advanced network services that enable both IP and TDM facilities-based carriers and service providers to provide IP (SIP, H.323, etc) and TDM communications-based services without adding any hardware or network builds. This new service allows for seamless TDM-IP unification using Volo's advanced nationwide MPLS-based VoiceOne(TM) network.

The AccessNOW solution resolves interoperability issues that have plagued the industry while providing a stable network that reduces carriers' operational and support costs. One of the many unique and proprietary features is a service called Virtual Switch Extensions (VSE) that offers both existing IP and TDM carriers the ability to provision and mediate services nationwide without the capital cost. Much like switch partitioning, but with many enhanced features, VSE gives the carrier total control of their customers' switching features and enhanced services.

"AccessNOW is an advanced set of switching, routing and mediation technologies that is fully integrated with the VoiceOne network," said Volo's Founder and CEO Shawn Lewis. "Carriers and service providers are now able to expand their footprint and service offerings with the highest Quality of Service (QoS) and advanced feature sets to their customers without having to invest in additional network infrastructure," Lewis added. Some of the unique features include:

TDM-IP Mediation: Allowing TDM-based networks to offer IP based services (SIP, H.323, etc) without adding any hardware into their network.

IP Control: Full Session Border Control (SBC) functionality for IP interconnects, allowing IP or TDM carriers to utilize SBC resources on the VoiceOne network.

Voice IP Endpoint Migration (VEM): VEM, the ability to provision IP endpoints (SIP, H.323, etc.) for enterprise IADs, IP-PBXs, IP telephones, etc., while carrier interconnection can be TDM or IP.

Nationwide Reach: Access to over 4,200 local markets for inbound and outbound, providing ability to service markets outside the carrier's footprint.

Customer Specific Routing (CSR): CSR is the ability to provision customer specific routing to on and off-net connections.

Services may be combined, for example TDM/IP Mediation with IP Control, allowing a TDM-based carrier to have a virtual IP network for interconnections, termination, and IP telephony services.

Lewis continued, "For wholesale operators like Volo to be successful, they need to own and control the technologies in this dynamic world of IP communications, provide the fully automated tools and interfaces that enable the carrier customer to directly access features and switching elements so they can service their customer quickly, efficiently and effectively. Facility-based carriers are used to owning their infrastructure, thus controlling the switching and routing functions. By providing a state-of-the-art network, advanced provisioning and real-time monitoring tools, Volo's AccessNOW product is a win-win for the carrier and for Volo."

A look into some key market differentiators:

- Real-time Web and XML provisioning interfaces.

- Immediate service activation.

- Real-time monitoring, provisioning, and control of all interfaces and services.

- Multiple nationwide network access points - unlike other solutions where one IP address for access is assigned, which could be 3000 miles away, Volo provides regionalized coverage as well, thereby enhancing customer QoS.

- Transport is provided on VoiceOne's private, national MPLS backbone, unlike other service providers utilizing the Internet for transport merely for cost savings.

- Interfaced directly with all other VoiceOne products for seamless integration of other services such as hosted IP-Centrex and IP-PBX.

About Volo Communications, Inc.

A certified CLEC and IXC, Volo Communications is revolutionizing the communications industry with its advanced VoiceOne next generation MPLS network. Volo is a carrier's carrier that offers wholesale broadband voice, advanced hosted application services, including origination and termination services that enable carriers, CLECs, IXCs, cable and wireless operators, ISPs, and resellers to provide carrier-quality voice and data services to businesses and consumers. The VoiceOne MPLS network is protocol agnostic, supporting virtually any protocol including SS7, PRI, H.323, SIP, MGCP, etc. and utilizes both TDM and Packet switched technology.

Volo is wholly owned by Caerus, Inc., the parent company of Caerus Networks, Inc., and Caerus Billing, Inc. The three companies together provide a customized end-to-end solution that is unmatched in the industry. Caerus, Inc.'s founder wrote the patents for the first softswitch and the first SS7 Media Gateway. Caerus Networks, Inc. is the technology development arm of the company, and Caerus Billing is a billing and mediation software company. Both companies provide in-house services for third party service providers and carriers.

More information about Volo Communications, Inc. is available at: www.volocommunications.com.

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