Service enables HD videoconferencing for businesses.

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Global Crossing IP VPN Service(TM) features bridging technology that ensures quality of service and it enables enterprises to transition at their own pace to IP convergence. It includes interactive Web Reservations, online scheduling tool, as well as universal encoding and H.239 content sharing in native HD format. Delivering resolutions up to 720p H.264 at 30 fps, it supports dual video and wideband audio mixing at speeds up to 5 Mbps in continuous presence mode.

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Global Crossing Announces High Definition Video Conferencing Service Offers Crystal Clear, Face-to-Face Collaboration

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Oct 21 / / - Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced high-definition enhancements to its flagship IP Videoconferencing service, offering crystal clear, face-to-face collaboration between dispersed business locations around the world.

Global Crossing's IP Videoconferencing service is one of the most powerful, versatile and cost-effective solutions available today, delivered through Global Crossing IP VPN Service(TM). This enhanced service, made possible through significant upgrades to the company's next-generation videoconferencing bridge platform, leverages Global Crossing's unique video assets via its highly reliable global IP-based network.

The latest enhancements support end-to-end high-definition video quality that is comparable to watching high-definition television programming, enriching the visual and auditory meeting experience. It enables enterprises to maximize their resources, accelerate decision-making, reduce travel and operational expenses, increase productivity, and create a fully integrated, interactive and efficient environment. The latest high-definition enhancements are generally available to customers worldwide via Global Crossing's globally distributed bridging architecture and network footprint.

"This high-definition enhancement to our IP Videoconferencing service demonstrates our commitment to delivering cutting-edge, next-generation converged IP services that optimize our unique, highly reliable, resilient, global IP network," said Gary Breauninger, chief marketing officer. "With this improved service, customers enjoy remarkably clear picture quality and audio sound comparable to high-definition television transmission. The result is an increasing trend of videoconferencing usage as a highly cost-effective alternative to business travel."

Global Crossing's video network features leading-edge bridging technology that ensures end-to-end quality of service without compromise. As a converged IP service, Global Crossing's IP Videoconferencing service also makes it easy for enterprises to transition at their own pace to IP convergence, which is a consolidated network that runs voice, video and data on a single connection.

"Managing a global MPLS network with end-to-end control is critical in Global Crossing's high-definition video conferencing experience," said Marc Beattie, managing partner with Wainhouse Research. "And now with the company's upgraded high-definition bridge platform, this new service promises to be popular with clients migrating to high-definition video endpoints."

Enhancements to Global Crossing's IP Videoconferencing service include the ability to increase standard definition images up to four times regardless of the endpoint's capabilities, which provides an optimized meeting experience for all participants. In addition, interactive Web Reservations, Global Crossing's online scheduling tool, makes it simple to self-schedule and self-manage a global video program.

Global Crossing's IP Videoconferencing Service also features a host of enhanced features, including universal encoding, which automatically encodes and decodes images at each site, thereby delivering the best possible data rates, frames per second, audio and video codec compression and transcoding. In addition, the enhanced service facilitates H.239 content sharing in native high-definition format, which enhances visuals, such as application sharing and PowerPoint presentations for mission-critical applications in biotechnology, finance, medical, manufacturing and other fields.

Global Crossing's high definition Videoconferencing bridging services meet or exceed the industry standard, delivering resolutions up to 720p (progressive scan) H.264 at 30 frames per second. This creates an immersive experience that also supports dual video (H.239) and wideband audio mixing at speeds up to five Megabits per second (Mbps) in continuous presence mode.

Global Crossing offers enterprises a full suite of converged IP audio, Web and video collaboration services for virtually any meeting need. Videoconferencing services include IP Video, iVideoconferencing(TM) and Video Endpoint Management Service supporting both ISDN and IP-based end points.


Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) is a leading global IP solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of secure data, voice, and video products to approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as to 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers services to more than 690 cities in more than 60 countries and six continents around the globe.

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Statements in this press release about expected future events and financial results are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially, including risks referenced from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Global Crossing undertakes no duty to update information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time.

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