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Xten wins Product of the Year Award

Xten Receives Internet Telephony’s “Product of the Year” Award for X-PRO SIP Softphone

Burnaby, Canada, December 19, 2003 /PRNewswire/ – Xten Networks (www.xten.com), a leading provider of award-winning, high-quality SIP softphones and toolkits for IP Telephony networks, announced today that its X-PRO softphone received the “Product of the Year” award for 2003 from Technology Marketing Corporations’ INTERNET TELEPHONY ® magazine. INTERNET TELEPHONY’s “Product of the Year” award aims to recognize the best the IP telephony industry has to offer.

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Internet grows as call carrier

About 13 percent of international voice traffic is now carried by Internet telephony, the low-cost, feature-rich technology lately being introduced to consumers.

Although less than one-fifth of 1 percent of U.S. phone lines use a Voice over Internet Protocol phone service such as Vonage, the technology is making huge inroads behind the scenes, in long-distance networks and at big companies, according to a new report by TeleGeography.

The 13 percent of global phone traffic that analyst Stephan Beckert estimates is now transported via voice over IP accounts for nearly 24.5 billion minutes a year. In 2002, voice over IP’s share of international traffic was 10 percent; it was 4 percent in 2000.

TeleGeography said its research “suggests that VoIP can transform a century-old business in just a few years.”

— Associated Press

Xten Softphone for the Masses in LindowsOS 4.5 Release

LindowsOS 4.5 Launched with Integrated Free SIP Softphone provided by Xten

Burnaby, Canada, December 17, 2003 /PRNewswire/ – Xten Networks (www.xten.com) and Lindows.com (www.lindows.com), today announced the immediate availability of X-Lite Plus, an Xten softphone which is now native in the latest release of LindowsOS version 4.5 (www.lindows.com/lindowsos). Xten’s softphone provides LindowsOS users with free worldwide calling through the integration of Xten’s new X-Lite Plus SIP softphone software into the LindowsOS operating system.

“Integrating Xten’s softphone client into LindowsOS demonstrates that Linux is taking a leadership role in innovation in the operating system business,” said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows.com Inc. “By turning the common PC into a global calling tool and providing customers with free conferencing — an industry first — telecommunications have finally been democratized with LindowsOS and Xten.”

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VoIP top priority for Bell Canada in 2004

By Marguerite Reardon
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Bell Canada is moving more aggressively toward Internet Protocol technology. Top on its “to do” list: voice over IP service for residential customers.

At its annual shareholder meeting in Toronto on Wednesday, Michael Sabia, chief executive officer of the Canadian phone company, outlined his company’s strategy for moving all of its communications services onto an IP-based communications network.

“It’s clear the future for the industry is IP,” Sabia said in a statement. “The company is solidly engaged, and we have the plans and the proven ability to execute to support our determination to compete and win in an IP world.”

Bell Canada’s overall objective is to migrate 100 percent of its traffic, including all of its voice traffic, onto a national IP backbone network within three years. The carrier said that IP-based communications will provide its customers with several benefits including simpler provisioning, greater self-service and multimedia Internet. The company said the move also will significantly reduce operating costs.

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