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MAP Telecom Supports Global Skype Voice Services Program
[September 08, 2005]

MAP Telecom Supports Global Skype Voice Services Program

MONACO, September 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MAP Telecom, a European VoiceXML hosting company headquartered in Monaco, is helping Skype enable application developers and content providers create new revenue streams by offering their voice services to the global Skype community of more than 52 million users. Innovative voice services can be developed on Voxbuilder and then made available to Skype's millions of callers in over 200 countries.
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Voxbuilder (http://www.voxbuilder.com/), hosted by MAP Telecom, is the online window to Voxpilot's VoiceXML 2.0 compliant Open Media Platform. It offers developers speech support for 15 languages and other online resources to create user-friendly voice services such as news, voice auctioning, entertainment services and much more. Successful voices services can be launched in MAP Telecom's carrier-grade hosting environment.
"We are very excited about the new Skype program" explains Dr. Jon Alcantara, COO of MAP Telecom. "Developers from all over the world are now able to use Voxbuilder through Skype and create innovative voices services. We are confident that many exciting services will be created this way, and hope that many of them will launch on our platform. The Skype Voice Services Program will give a boost to the whole voice industry, and will further establish VoiceXML as the prevailing standard for creating telephony service."
"Skype has driven a revolution in personal communications by popularizing free Internet phone calls. We are committed to opening the endless possibilities for voice by creating a marketplace for our thriving ecosystem of partners and developers to make it easy for their innovative services to be available to our millions of callers worldwide," said Niklas Zennstrom, CEO and Co-founder of Skype. "We challenge the world's most creative content providers to work with us and our partners such as MAP Telecom to develop these new and exciting forms of Internet voice services."
Interested content providers can access more information on Skype's Voice Services Program at http://www.skype.com/partners/voice/, where they will also find links to its partner platforms.
About MAP Telecom
MAP Telecom, the exclusive voice hosting activity of Monaco Telecom, offers secure and cost-effective hosting of IVR applications in Europe and beyond on the public telephone network as well as over Skype. The online service creation environment Voxbuilder (http://www.voxbuilder.com/) allows developers and application owners to build and manage multiple voice services on the VoiceXML 2.0 compliant platform from Voxpilot, located in a secure and fully redundant hosting environment. The offering is completed by a range of solutions specifically aimed at developers. Customers of MAP Telecom include Ericsson, Assurland, ICQ, Cofiroute and VoiceObjects. For further information, please go to http://www.map-telecom.com/.
About Skype
Skype, the Global Internet Communications Company(TM), allows people everywhere to make free, unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its award-winning innovative peer-to-peer software for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC platforms. Skype is available in 27 languages and is the fastest growing voice communications offering worldwide. Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has been downloaded more than 160 million times in 225 countries and territories. Over 52 million people registered to use Skype's free services, with over 3 million simultaneous users. Skype has more than 2 million premium customers, with over 12 billion minutes served. Skype Technologies S.A. is headquartered in Luxembourg and is growing its offices in London and Tallinn. Skype Technologies is privately held and backed by top tier international venture capital firms, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Index Ventures, and Mangrove Capital Partners. http://www.skype.com/
Press contacts:
Skype MAP Telecom
Kelly Larabee Dr. Michaela Heigl
Skype name: kellylarabee 7 rue du Gabian, Centre Gildo Pastor, MC 98000
Tel: +1-602-258-1416 Tel: +377-97-77-33-33
kelly.larabee@skype.net M.Heigl@map-telecom.com

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MAP Telecom

CONTACT: Skype, Kelly Larabe, Tel: +1-602-258-1416,kelly.larabee@skype.net; MAP Telecom, Dr. Michaela Heigl, Tel:+377-97-77-33-33, M.Heigl@map-telecom.com

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