SOURCE: Zoom Technologies, Inc.

May 19, 2005 17:38 ET

Zoom® Technologies' VoIP Hardware Addresses FCC Mandate for 911 Calls

911 Calls Reliably Reach Local Emergency Operators

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2005 -- Zoom Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) commented today on action taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requiring certain VoIP providers to supply 911 emergency calling capabilities, as reported in a press release issued today by the FCC. According to the release, the FCC said that interconnected VoIP providers must deliver all 911 calls to the customer's local emergency operator as a standard feature of the service, and must comply with this requirement within 120 days of the FCC's order issued on May 19, 2005. Zoom believes that the TelePortTM used in Zoom's X5v could meet the FCC's requirements. The FCC did not comment specifically on the TelePort, but Zoom believes that the TelePort is consistent with the requirements articulated by the FCC. The full text of the FCC's decision will not be released for some time, and only then can it be determined whether the FCC's decision addresses the TelePort approach.

The Zoom X5v is a DSL modem with built-in Voice over the Internet (VoIP) capability. The X5v's TelePort allows someone to plug in an ordinary tone phone, and to use that phone to make and receive calls as either VoIP or conventional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) calls. If someone picks up the phone and dials 911, the call automatically travels through the phone network and is handled just like any 911 call dialed from an ordinary telephone. Unlike Zoom's TelePort-enabled equipment, most VoIP equipment does not have this ability. Most VoIP equipment can only be used for placing calls that travel through the Internet as data before they are connected to the PSTN. This type of call requires special handling if it is to arrive at a local 911 emergency operator, and even more special handling for the emergency operator to know the location of the caller.

Zoom's TelePort also makes sure that if power is lost, the telephone is automatically connected to the PSTN and therefore able to make 911 calls.

Zoom believes that the TelePort approach has the potential to address the FCC's requirements today. The Zoom X5v with TelePort has been shipping since September, and is available at CompUSA, Fry's, Micro Center, and other leading retailers. Zoom hopes that the FCC's decision will specifically sanction the TelePort approach as compliant with the FCC's requirements.

About Zoom

Zoom Technologies, Inc. designs, produces, and supports Voice over IP gateways, ADSL modems, cable modems, dial-up modems, Bluetooth products, and other communications products under the Zoom, Hayes and Global Village brands. Zoom markets its products in over forty countries, and provides multi-lingual support from its support offices in Boston, Florida, and the UK. For more information about Zoom and Zoom's products, please see: www.zoom.com

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's beliefs and expectations, including statements about the suitability of Zoom's TelePort products for meeting the FCC's 911 requirements. These beliefs and expectations are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, which could cause actual results to be materially different from those expected, including the risk that the FCC's future decisions and policies may be materially different from those expressed in the FCC's release, the risk that Zoom's Teleport approach does not comply with the final standards expressed by the FCC and other risks set forth in Zoom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Zoom cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Zoom expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in the Zoom's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstance on which any such statement is based.

Contact Information

  • For additional information contact:
    Terry Manning
    Phone: 617-423-1072
    terrym@zoom.com