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MCI's Next-Generation Suite of VoIP Services Honored for Outstanding Innovation
ASHBURN, VA, December 27, 2005 - MCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCIP) announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)'s INTERNET TELEPHONY® magazine (www.itmag.com) has named MCI's next-generation suite of Voice over IP (VoIP) Services as a recipient of a 2005 Product of the Year Award. MCI's VoIP offerings include Hosted IP Centrex, IP Integrated Access, Managed IP PBX and IP Trunking Services.
"Leveraging the strength of our global IP network, we continue to deliver innovative services through our flagship MCI portfolio of VoIP solutions," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president of IP Services for MCI. "With our recently extended portfolio, companies can now choose the VoIP solution that best matches their business and technical needs, while taking advantage of their existing voice and data infrastructure."
In 2005, MCI launched two new additions to its VoIP portfolio, including Managed IP PBX and IP Trunking Services. With MCI's new Managed IP PBX Service, businesses can offload the management of planning, designing and implementing their premise-based IP telephony systems. In addition, the new MCI IP Trunking Service enables customers to carry local, long distance and data traffic on a single converged network, while eliminating the need to purchase costly IP to PSTN gateways to terminate and convert VoIP calls within the network. With MCI's comprehensive portfolio, customers can select from solutions hosted within MCI's network, located at the customer's premise or a hybrid of the two, giving customers far greater flexibility.
"Each year INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine bestows its Product of the Year awards on companies that have demonstrated excellence in technological advancement and application refinements. MCI has demonstrated to the editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY that its services are committed to quality and innovation while addressing the real needs in the marketplace," said Rich Tehrani, Group Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of INTERNET TELEPHONY.
The Product of the Year Award winners for 2005 will be highlighted in the January and February 2006 issues of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.
Michael D. Capellas, a 30-year veteran of the information technology business, is President and CEO of MCI. Prior to joining MCI in December 2002, Capellas, 51, was president of Hewlett-Packard Company. Previously, he was the chairman and CEO of Compaq, having joined the company in 1998 as chief information officer and also serving as chief operating officer before being named CEO in July 1999.
Robert T. Blakely, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MCI. He is the former founder and president of the investment firm Performance Enhancement Group Inc. Previously Blakely has served as CFO of prestigious companies such as Lyondell Chemical Company, Tenneco Inc., and U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation.
Fred M. Briggs. As president of MCI’s Operations and Technology global organization, Fred Briggs oversees one of the largest facilities based communications networks in the world. Briggs is responsible for the complete engineering and operation of MCI’s seamless global voice, data and IP networks which span more than 2,600 cities in 140 countries touching six continents.
Elizabeth Hackenson is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for MCI. In that capacity she provides technology vision and leadership for developing and implementing IT initiatives to provide MCI a competitive edge in the ever-evolving telecom marketplace.