SOURCE: XO Communications

May 05, 2008 08:00 ET

Berlin Packaging Selects XO Communications for Nationwide MPLS IP-VPN Solution

Leading Packaging Supplier Leverages XO MPLS IP-VPN and XO IP Flex With VPN for 17-Site Converged IP Network

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced that it has been selected to provide a converged IP voice and data wide area networking solution for Berlin Packaging, North America's premier stocking supplier of glass, plastic and metal containers and closures to various markets including the chemical, automotive, food and personal care industries.

XO Communications will provide a fully managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based Internet Protocol (IP) Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution connecting 17 Berlin Packaging locations across 11 states, including the company's headquarters and data center operations. Berlin Packaging will utilize both XO MPLS IP-VPN and XO IP Flex with VPN to create a more scalable wide area networking solution that provides faster data speeds, establishes a Class of Service-aware IP network to support the company's migration to voice over IP, and delivers improved cost-efficiencies by converging voice and data traffic over a single IP network infrastructure.

"We needed a converged voice and data network solution that could quickly and securely support our migration to voice over IP and scale to meet the growth of our business," said Steve Canter, Chief Information Officer, Berlin Packaging. "The enterprise-class solution and support offered by XO will provide us with a flexible and reliable network to help us operate more efficiently and continue to offer our customers the best support."

A key advantage of the XO solution for Berlin Packaging is the ability to connect all of its current and future locations regardless of size over a single IP/MPLS network infrastructure with robust Class of Service capabilities, maximizing cost savings and network performance. Berlin Packaging will benefit from the ability to utilize XO MPLS IP-VPN to connect its larger sites with its smaller locations using XO IP Flex with VPN.

"With more than $340 million in annual sales, Berlin Packaging has established itself as the premier packaging company in North America and with its rapid growth, networking has become central its operations and customer service," said Brian Law, sales vice president for the central region at XO Communications. "We're very pleased that Berlin Packaging has selected XO and we look forward to supporting their continued success and expansion."

XO MPLS IP-VPN

XO MPLS IP-VPN offers businesses and large enterprises a secure, intelligent and managed network to connect offices, customers and partners and converge a wide range of voice, video and data applications over a single IP network infrastructure. XO MPLS IP-VPN provides a wide range of access options to connect locations and flexible Classes of Services to prioritize Internet, intranet, extranet, voice, video and mission-critical business applications -- all over a single, high performance application-aware IP network.

Key benefits of XO MPLS IP-VPN include:

--  Nationwide Coverage - Broad coverage with service availability in 75
    metropolitan markets across the United States;
--  Flexible and Scalable Network Architecture - MPLS-based network
    architecture provides any-to-any connectivity among all sites and
    automatically sets up pathways to new sites;
--  Broad Range of Access Options - Customers can utilize the service with
    Dedicated Internet Access at speeds from T-1 through OC-X and Ethernet
    services;
--  Robust Classes of Service - Optimize data traffic flows to support any
    type of application with one flat rate for access to all four classes of
    service;
--  Fully Managed - Reduces total cost of ownership and provides 24x7
    monitoring of network facilities and equipment.
    

XO IP Flex with VPN

IP Flex with VPN is the perfect solution for multi-location businesses with smaller sites that require private networks with voice, data, and Internet access across multiple sites. IP Flex with VPN offers XO Anywhere for unified communications, integrated local, long distance, data networking, and Internet services on a secure, private MPLS network with Class of Service capabilities. In addition, with XO's bandwidth-based pricing, customers can select a port speed and calling plan sized to fit their business needs, and a flexible, intelligent, and managed network-based solution that offers more bandwidth for the dollar, faster application deployment, and lower network operating costs than traditional wide area networking services.

For more information about XO MPLS IP-VPN, XO IP Flex with VPN or other XO services go to www.xo.com, or contact an XO sales representative by calling (866) 349-0134.

About Berlin Packaging

With 24 sales and distribution centers across the United States, along with its headquarters in Chicago, Berlin Packaging supplies billions of containers and closures, as well as labeling, filling and sourcing services to companies both small and large. Additionally, Berlin Packaging is the first hybrid, national rigid packaging supplier in North America to achieve ISO 9001:2000 certification. The company serves a variety of national and private label brands in a multitude of markets. Its approach to business is to focus and successfully demonstrate, quantifiably, on improving customers' net income. Berlin Packaging's breadth of services includes its full service design division, Studio One Eleven, which creates custom packages and graphics that "standout." From around the world, Berlin Global Packaging Group provides global sourcing solutions from management to transportation and logistics. Berlin Financial Services offers flexible financing and competitive leasing opportunities for any equipment needs at as low as Zero% interest. Freund Container is Berlin Packaging's "need-it-now" rigid and flexible packaging provider with no quantity requirements. E3, Berlin Packaging's supply chain management system, serves the needs of the customer's entire operation by improving productivity (Efficiency), increasing sales (Earnings), and reducing customer expenses (Enhancement). For more information, go to www.BerlinPackaging.com or consult with a packaging expert today by calling 1-800-2-BERLIN.

About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading provider of 21st century communications services for businesses and communications services providers, including 50 percent of the Fortune 500 and leading cable companies, carriers, content providers, and mobile operators. Utilizing its unique and powerful nationwide IP network and extensive local metro networks and broadband wireless facilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services in 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.

Contact Information

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    Chad Couser
    XO Communications
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    Chris Roche
    Brodeur (for XO Communications)
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