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Sphere Communications Announces Alliance With BroadSoft to Deliver SIP Trunking; Sphere Communications Certifies Its Sphericall IP PBX SIP Trunking Capability for Use With BroadSoft's BroadWorks-Powered Business Trunking Services
[October 24, 2005]

Sphere Communications Announces Alliance With BroadSoft to Deliver SIP Trunking; Sphere Communications Certifies Its Sphericall IP PBX SIP Trunking Capability for Use With BroadSoft's BroadWorks-Powered Business Trunking Services

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Oct. 24, 2005 -- Sphere Communications announced today an alliance with BroadSoft(R), the leading provider of VoIP application platforms to carriers worldwide, certifying SIP Trunking interoperability between the award-winning Sphericall IP PBX and BroadSoft's BroadWorks(R) platform.

SIP Trunking enables enterprise customers deploying IP PBX solutions to converge voice and data onto common all-IP connections. Enterprise customers will no longer need to purchase and manage media gateway devices to interface IP voice to the PSTN. In addition, they will no longer need to purchase and manage traditional TDM-based voice circuits. Sphere Communications' SIP Trunking capability reduces the costs of enterprise telecommunications, simplifies IP PBX technology, and will enable new forms of business communications across enterprise boundaries.

BroadSoft has deployed their BroadWorks(R) VoIP application platform with 135 carriers worldwide, enabling their IP networks to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia services.


"We're excited to be at the forefront of SIP Trunking, delivering on our vision of an all-software, all-IP enterprise," said Todd Landry, SVP, Sphere Communications. "Sphere-enabled enterprises of any size will be well positioned to leverage a global installed base of SIP Trunking-ready carriers for their IP PBX deployments."

"The introduction of SIP Trunking enables the power of enhanced IP communications to move beyond the borders of the enterprise," said Scott Hoffpauir, chief technology officer for BroadSoft. "While the cost reduction is reason enough, the ability to open enhanced IP communications services between companies is even more powerful."

Sphere Communications has completed testing of its Sphericall IP PBX SIP Trunking with BroadSoft's Interop Labs, and connects its own IP voice traffic to the PSTN via SIP Trunking services from BroadSoft-based service providers.

Sphere is also directly certifying a variety of SIP Trunking service providers to ensure interoperability with the Sphericall IP PBX. Interested service providers should contact Sphere Communications for more information.

Sphere's new SIP Trunking capability is based on SIPConnect (www.sipconnect.com), the industry initiative that has defined interoperability specifications based on IETF standards for SIP and VoIP.

About Sphere Communications

Sphere Communications is the first to deliver IP PBX technology as a business application for Service Oriented Architectures. A software company, Sphere has the most robust IP-based software communications technology available in the marketplace. Developed around hundreds of enterprise installations, the Sphericall platform hosts an extremely rich PBX feature set and is proven in deployments that scale to more than 20,000 users. Sphere provides application developers with a Communications Web Services SDK, enabling communications to be integrated with a wide range of business applications. Founded in 1994, Sphere Communications is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois and provides its products to a variety of enterprise customer networks. For more information please see the Sphere Communications web site at www.spherecom.com or contact us at 1-888-774-3732.

About BroadSoft

BroadSoft's VoIP application software is revolutionizing the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. Its flagship BroadWorks(R) technology empowers wireless and wireline carriers to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia applications and advanced features that increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation and elevate customer satisfaction. BroadSoft's family of carrier-class software products delivers the scale, open architecture and reliability that the world's leading telecommunications companies demand to serve mission-critical enterprise and residential broadband customers. BroadSoft's customer base of 135 network operators, including BellSouth, MCI, Singtel, Telstra, Verizon and XO Communications, leads the industry with more than 1,500,000 lines deployed. Additional information is available at www.broadsoft.com.

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