SOURCE: XO Communications

September 16, 2008 11:32 ET

XO Communications Ranks in Top 30 on 2008 InformationWeek 500

The XO IT-IP Transformation Project Initiated Near-Total Shift From TDM to IP-Based Voice and Data Services; Project Revolutionizes Telecommunications Industry's Customer Billing Processes

MONARCH BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO), a leading provider of communications services for businesses and communications services providers, today announced that it ranked number 27 and was the top telecommunications provider on the 2008 InformationWeek 500. The ranking was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony, part of the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif. XO Communications garnered recognition for The XO IT-IP Transformation Project, which almost entirely replaced its TDM offering with IP-based voice and data services and significantly re-tooled XO's IT Operational Systems Infrastructure. The Project also created the telecommunication industry's first-ever bandwidth-based pricing for IP-based services and revolutionized customer billing processes in the telecommunications industry.

"Data and IP is the future of telecom, and strategic initiatives such as The IT-IP Transformation Project enable XO to lead the way," said Robert Geller, CIO, XO Communications. "Through innovations like this, XO is poised to meet the ever-growing customer demand for increased bandwidth. We're proud to be recognized by the industry for this important achievement."

As part of The XO IT-IP Transformation Project, XO created brand-new IT systems and procedures for services to be developed, ordered, provisioned, billed and supported by customer care in the 75 U.S. metropolitan markets XO serves. With the Project nearly complete, XO has moved away from line-based charges to billing based on bandwidth requirements, which acknowledges that voice is simply another application on the IP network. As a result, the company boasts the industry's most simple, sensible and unique pricing structure. By removing the complexity of buying IP services, XO is also helping businesses make the transition to a converged IP environment much easier.

In addition, XO has replaced several of its products with more than a dozen cutting-edge products, at a rate of 45 percent per year, since undertaking The XO IT-IP Transformation Project two years ago. The new, fast-growing set of solutions has almost entirely changed XO's sales offering. This, along with its ubiquitous network, allows the company to insert itself into heightened competition with larger, well-known telecommunications providers.

The manner and speed with which it executed The XO IT-IP Transformation Project solidifies XO's position as the leading telecommunications provider in developing and deploying new products. Various phases of the Project were completed against aggressive timelines, forcing the IT group to reengineer the company's product launch procedure and implement a rigorous software development lifecycle. As such, XO has integrated new solutions into its mix in less than half the time it takes other telecommunications providers to do so. As a result, the company has improved processes, delivery timeframes and operating-cost rationale for existing services, all while supporting the everyday business of the company -- a claim competing operators have not been able to make. XO is reaping the benefits of this investment -- data/IP revenue is up 32 percent year-over-year, and customer volume has also increased.

"For 20 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology," said InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston. "Year after year, InformationWeek 500 companies harness technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, drive revenue and establish a competitive advantage. We applaud this year's winners, and the CIOs and other executives whose ingenuity and risk taking are at the center of business technology innovation."

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About XO Communications (http://www.xo.com)

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com

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