Service enables end-to-end IP connectivity.

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VoIP Community Peering(TM) Service lets carrier customers consolidate all incoming voice traffic from their own customers and send all VoIP outbound calls to Global Crossing network. End-to-end, all-IP call flow lets carriers support advanced Session Initiation Protocol-based features by eliminating islands of VoIP that can occur in VoIP-over-PSTN solution. Service delivers flat-rate inter-carrier compensation as well as predictable cost structure.

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Global Crossing Introduces Industry-Changing Carrier VoIP Community Peering Service

- Enables end-to-end IP connectivity for advanced IP applications.

- Delivers flat-rate inter-carrier compensation, more predictable cost structure and higher operating margins on VoIP services.

- Eliminates "islands of VoIP" and leads to direct peering opportunities.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Sept. 6 // -- Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) has introduced to carrier customers its VoIP Community Peering service, an industry-changing feature of the company's VoIP Outbound Service. This innovative service gives carriers the ability to more easily offer their business customers high-quality, end-to-end IP connectivity to support their end-users' IP applications and other advanced converged IP services.

Global Crossing VoIP Community Peering(TM) has been available to enterprise customers since June 2006. By introducing the service for carriers, Global Crossing is enabling them to more easily predict their costs, potentially attain higher margins on their Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, and offer flat-rate cost models to their end users.

"As an industry leader in providing VoIP services for its carrier customers, Global Crossing is constantly innovating to deliver all the advantages of IP convergence," said Anthony Christie, Global Crossing's chief marketing officer. "Through Carrier VoIP Community Peering, Global Crossing is taking a step toward direct peering arrangements that will deliver high-performance, end-to-end IP connectivity. This service also establishes a perfect starting point for customers to begin developing an industry-wide VoIP peering solution."

Global Crossing Carrier VoIP Community Peering applies to all VoIP Local Service numbers on the Global Crossing network, including numbers provisioned within a carrier's network, to other carriers, and to any Global Crossing enterprise customer. This delivers the end-to-end quality of an all-IP connection and enables a lower, more predictable cost structure.

"Global Crossing's Carrier VoIP Community Peering demonstrates the potential of inter-carrier and inter-networked IP-based voice communications," commented Bryan Van Dussen, director of business communications research at In-Stat. "Service providers that participate in Global Crossing's VoIP peering community gain feature transparency, end-to-end VoIP communications, and a predictable cost structure that mitigates usage-based access costs and service degradation associated with PSTN intermediation."

The service is unique because it lets carrier customers consolidate all the incoming voice traffic from their own customers and send all VoIP outbound calls to the Global Crossing network. Global Crossing does not apply per-minute charges on calls that are served by Global Crossing's VoIP Local Service, but rather a flat-rate monthly recurring charge for bandwidth to support a designated number of simultaneous calls. Those calls originate and terminate on Global Crossing's network and do not rely on the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) for completion.

This end-to-end, all-IP call flow lets carriers support more advanced, Session Initiation Protocol-based features by eliminating what are referred to as "islands of VoIP" that can occur in a VoIP-over-PSTN solution. This is significant because many VoIP deployments still depend on the PSTN to carry the voice signal during part of its journey, and this reliance on PSTN networks has created "VoIP islands" that do not link together. Linking these islands directly to one another using IP has proven to be an industry challenge -- a challenge Global Crossing has overcome to further help its customers to provide advanced VoIP features.

In addition, carrier customers can benefit from a combination of Global Crossing VoIP Outbound and VoIP Local Services to create alternative routing plans for traditional national or international PSTN off-net calling connections.

Global Crossing Carrier VoIP Community Peering further establishes Global Crossing -- a leader in VoIP technology and one of the first to deploy a global VoIP platform -- as an innovator of VoIP peering solutions for the industry. Global Crossing's VoIP platform currently carries approximately 2.5 billion minutes per month -- about 78 percent of all its voice traffic.

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Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) provides telecommunications solutions over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network connects more than 300 cities in 28 countries worldwide, and delivers services to more than 600 cities in 60 countries and 6 continents around the globe. The company's global sales and support model matches the network footprint and, like the network, delivers a consistent customer experience worldwide.

Global Crossing IP services are global in scale, linking the world's enterprises, governments and carriers with customers, employees and partners worldwide in a secure environment that is ideally suited for IP-based business applications, allowing e-commerce to thrive. The company offers a full range of managed data and voice products including Global Crossing IP VPN Service, Global Crossing Managed Services and Global Crossing VoIP services, to 36 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.

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