Yak Communications Inc.
NASDAQ : YAKC

Yak Communications Inc.

November 16, 2005 14:48 ET

Yak Communications Joins Forces with Emergent Network Solutions and DaVinci Integration to Offer New Prepaid Feature for Its New yakForFree VoIP Service

MIAMI, FLORIDA and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2005) -

Sophisticated Prepaid VoIP Feature Provides yakForFree Members With Easy Means for Upgrading to Local/Long-Distance VoIP-to-PSTN Services

Yak Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:YAKC), a provider of telecommunications services to residential and business customers, announced today that it has joined forces with Emergent Network Solutions, Inc. and DaVinci Integration Inc. to provide users of its new yakForFree VoIP service (www.yakforfree.com) with an easy means for upgrading to local/long-distance VoIP-to-PSTN services. This sophisticated, prepaid VoIP capability is a standard feature of the new yakForFree virtual videophone service, which debuts today.

The new prepaid yakForFree VoIP capability is provided through a partnership between Emergent and DaVinci, whereby Emergent's innovative open systems platform, ENTICE, enables the feature and DaVinci integrates it. Yak expects that the new yakForFree service represents a "disruptive force" in the VoIP arena, offering the first free member-to-member voice AND video online service and enticing users to move to VoIP as the primary means for communicating with colleagues, friends and family around the world.

"The collaboration with Emergent and DaVinci has helped to put our revised VoIP business strategy on the map," said David Hurwitz, President of VoIP Initiatives of Yak Communications. "To remain competitive in the VoIP space, we had to adapt quickly to rapidly evolving market conditions. DaVinci's expertise combined with Emergent's ENTICE platform provided us with the essential operational elements to help bridge the gap between our existing VoIP infrastructure and the enhanced yakForFree system."

"Yak and DaVinci required a durable, scalable and easily-integrated prepaid capability for this critically important function. The ENTICE enhanced services platform is designed specifically for such applications," said Nathan Franzmeier, President of Emergent Network Solutions. "This technology will fully support Yak's needs now, while also giving it a base for additional value-added services in the future."

"We believe yakForFree has the potential to reach millions of people worldwide, establishing Yak as a premier global VoIP provider," said Charles Zwebner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Using Emergent's ENTICE enhanced services platform provides us with a fast, cost-effective method for capitalizing on the higher margins and faster cash flow made possible by prepayment. We anticipate a significant number of consumers to sign up for this free communications alternative that requires only a PC, camera and a broadband connection. Once they subscribe, the Emergent/DaVinci solution makes it easy for members to upgrade to the prepaid yakToAnyone service."

yakForFree users can place free online videophone calls only to other yakForFree members. yakToAnyone, an upgrade service available to yakForFree members, will be able to place VoIP calls from their VoIP videophone to non-member local and long distance numbers in the United States and Canada for just $.02 per minute. Calls can also be placed to international numbers at highly competitive prices.

For more information about yakForFree, yakToAnyone, and other popular yak VoIP services, visit www.yak.com.

About Emergent Network Solutions, Inc.:

Emergent Network Solutions (ENS) is a leading provider of advanced telecommunications software for the emerging communications networks. ENS offers a broad portfolio of solutions based on its cutting-edge ENTICE (Emergent Networks Telecommunication Infrastructure Control Environment) technology. The ENTICE portfolio includes a softswitch, session controller, VoIP gateway, converged tandem/ international gateway and various enhanced service solutions. All ENTICE solutions are open allowing deployment today with room for opportunistic innovation in the future. Emergent's products, services, and expertise allow carriers to adapt swiftly to changing industry conditions and maximize their current and future networks. The company is privately owned. For more information, visit www.emergent-netsolutions.com.

About DaVinci Integration:

DaVinci Integration is a leader in VoIP integration solutions and the premier authority on VoIP. The management team is comprised of technical and business VoIP and telecom veterans from Excel Switching, Lucent, NexTone and ITXC. The company provides global carriers and service providers with network consulting as well as cost-effective voice over IP outsourcing and best of breed technology solutions for any size network. For more information about DaVinci Integration, please visit http://www.davincint.com/.

About Yak Communications

Yak Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:YAKC - News) is an Integrated Communications Provider (ICP) offering a full array of long distance (1+, toll free and dial-around), local lines, travel cards, cellular long distance, data services, and broadband voice (VoIP) to residential and small businesses in North America over high speed internet access. Yak currently serves approximately 900,000 customers for its traditional telecom services. For more information, visit www.yak.com.

Forward Looking Statements:

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Contact Information

  • YAK CONTACTS: The Communications Group Inc.
    David Eisenstadt
    Media Relations (Canada)
    1-416-696-9900 x 36
    deisenstadt@tcgpr.com
    or
    The Global Consulting Group
    Kathy Price
    Investor Relations (US)
    1-646-284-9430
    kprice@hfgcg.com
    or
    Yak Communications Inc.
    Larry Turel
    Investor Relations
    1-305-933-8322 x 105
    larry@yak.com
    or
    Maranon & Associates
    Legia Maranon
    Media Relations (Spanish Markets)
    1-305-476-5050
    lmaranon@maranonad.com
    or
    The Global Consulting Group
    Joe Korbel
    Media Relations (USA)
    1-646-284-9402
    jkorbel@hfgcg.com
    or
    EMERGENT CONTACT: S&S Public Relations
    Patricia Handschiegel
    818/528-2573
    pattyh@sspr.com
    or
    DAVINCI INTEGRATION: DaVinci Integration
    James P. Carroll
    203/460-8056
    jpcarroll@divincint.com