Yak Communications Inc.

Yak Communications Inc.

March 23, 2005 12:18 ET

iBasis, NexTone & Yak Join XConnect for North American Launch


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NASDAQ SYMBOL: YAKCE

MARCH 23, 2005 - 12:18 ET

iBasis, NexTone & Yak Join XConnect for North American
Launch

MIAMI, FLORIDA and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2005) -
Yak Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:YAKCE)

XConnect signs leading VoIP players to bring lower-cost calls to more
people over its global 'plug & peer' Network

XConnect, which interconnects Voice over Broadband operators (VoBBs) to
provide free calls and rich IP multi-media services to more end users,
has launched today in North America.

Its service makes interconnection between VoBBs as straightforward,
secure and cost-effective as possible by overcoming the principal issues
associated with VoIP peering, including numbering, interoperability and
security(a).

As members of the XConnect Alliance, VoBBs can simply 'plug and peer'
with other Alliance members over the XConnect Network to offer their
customers free end-to-end VoIP calls to 100,000's more end users. By
keeping calls on the Internet and bypassing the public switched
telephone network (PSTN), VoBBs avoid termination charges and loss of
VoIP call features.

Launching today in North America, XConnect has signed VoBB Yak
Communications (NASDAQ:YAKCE) as a founder Alliance member and top-ten
carrier iBasis (OTCBB:IBAS) as a founder Carrier member. International
XConnect Alliance founder members include leading European VoBBs such as
Telio, VozTelecom and Gossiptel. XConnect is also partnering with
NexTone Communications, the market leader in scalable session management
of real-time IP services, to provide the first certified XConnect-Ready
VoIP session border controller.

Eli Katz, founder and CEO at XConnect said: "XConnect's entry into one
of the most dynamic markets for VoIP telephony will further speed the
adoption of VoIP, by making its benefits available to more people. The
XConnect Network brings the vision of an all-IP rival to the PSTN one
step closer, where a rich array of multi-media IP services are delivered
without legacy termination charges."

Charles Zwebner, CEO at Yak Communications said: "XConnect's peering
service is cutting edge. Our membership of the XConnect Alliance marks
us as a pioneer in the delivery of services to North American VoIP
users."

Ofer Gneezy, president and CEO at iBasis said: "Millions of VoIP
consumers benefit from completing their international calls through our
global VoIP network today. This new relationship with XConnect expands
our reach in connecting the fast-growing consumer VoIP services to each
other and to the established PSTN and mobile networks around the world."

Dan Dearing, vice president of marketing at NexTone said: "XConnect's
innovative service delivers on the promise of IP communications to
supercede the PSTN. NexTone is pleased that its experience and
flexibility in handling the diverse needs of carriers qualifies it as
the first certified XConnect-Ready technology partner. NexTone-equipped
VoBBs and carriers will enjoy greater partnership opportunities enabled
by off-the-shelf interoperability with XConnect's Network resulting in
greater service reach and more value to their subscribers."

Notes to editors

(a) About XConnect Global Networks

XConnect is dedicated to connecting disparate IP communications
entities, including next generation voice operators, enterprises,
carriers and ASPs over its global Network.

The XConnect Network has PoPs in Europe and the USA and utilises
innovative interconnection technology from Kayote Networks. It provides
partners with the convenience of a single point of connection and the
most direct route to as many IP endpoints and communications services as
possible.

Its resilient infrastructure resolves the growing challenges of
interconnection, including numbering (with an advanced carrier ENUM
exchange), interoperability management (multi-protocol, multi-variant)
and security/identity issues (including SPIT protection). XConnect is
also the first to offer multilateral settlement-free interconnection
through the XConnect Alliance.



XConnect is headquartered in London.
www.xconnect.net

Links:
Yak Communications: www.yak.ca
NexTone: www.nextone.com
iBasis: www.ibasis.com
Kayote: www.kayote.com
Gossiptel: www.gossiptel.com
Telio: www.telio.no
Voz Telecom: www.voztele.com

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Yak Communications, Inc.
    Larry Turel
    Investor Relations
    1-305-933-8322 ext 105
    larry@yak.com