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Sipgate Pioneers Countrywide VoIP Line Coverage
[December 13, 2004]

Sipgate Pioneers Countrywide VoIP Line Coverage


DUSSELDORF, Germany, December 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Following up today's announcement Sipgate has released its enhanced VoIP
service. Sipgate now provides 01 and 02 phone numbers out of more than 600
area codes along with its VoIP offering covering almost the entire UK. Some
40 remaining area codes in rural areas will be added in the coming weeks
according to company information.


Broadband subscribers may opt for a free VoIP line provided by Sipgate
along with a real phone number matching their location. Sipgate is available
either as a replacement for an existing land line or as a second line at the
consumers disposal. Sipgate provides its line service free of charge. Also,
calls among Sipgate subscribers worldwide are free of charge, as are calls to
about 1 million VoIP subscribers of its eleven national and international
partner networks. Calls to traditional land lines are available for as low as
0.59 pence a minute.


Since starting out in January 2004, Sipgate has provisioned more than
60,000 lines in Europe and strives to gain a significant market share in the
European VoIP market. Sipgate welcomes the open approach to the new VoIP
technology as taken by Ofcom, the regulatory authority overseeing the telecom
industry, but is wary of anti-competitive measures installed by incumbent
players. "As long as British Telecom keeps force-feeding land lines along
with its broadband services, competition will be stifled," says Thilo Salmon,
Managing Director of Indigo Networks, the corporation behind Sipgate. Says
Salmon: "In order for the consumers to benefit from the promising new VoIP
technology, authorities need to level the playing field to promote
competition in this emerging market."


About Sipgate:


Indigo Networks GmbH has been offering VoIP services under the brand name
"sipgate" since January 2004. Sipgate facilitates free phone calls over the
internet (VoIP). Agreements with eleven partner services worldwide allow
sipgate subscribers to call about 1 million VoIP subscribers free of charge.
Sipgate provides its services free of charge - no monthly fee, monthly
minimum and no set-up charges.


Sipgate supports from traditional fixed or mobile phones by supplying a
free 01 or 02 number according to a users location. In addition, subscribers
may opt for free 0845 or 0870 numbers.


Sipgate relies on subscriber supplied broadband service which is not
included with its VoIP services. Calls may be placed through internet phones
or regular phones connected to an adapter both of which are available from
Sipgate. Subscribers may also choose to try out Sipgate by means of free
software phones.


For more information: sipgate.co.uk


Thilo Salmon - +44(0)207-043-6200 Steve Mancour - +44(0)207-043-6404
Email : press@sipgate.co.uk

indigo Networks GmbH


Thilo Salmon - +44(0)207-043-6200 Steve Mancour - +44(0)207-043-6404 Email : press@sipgate.co.uk

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