GTE Internetworking and announce alliance for free PC-to-Phone call service in U.S.

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - GTE Internetworking today announced a wholesale agreement with, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based, next-generation Internet telecommunications company. The agreement calls for to utilize GTE's recently launched private, high quality Voice-over-IP (VoIP) network throughout the United States as the infrastructure for's free PC-to-Phone service aimed at consumer and small business markets. Available on Oct. 18, 1999, the service will allow users to place free phone calls to any phone number in the continental United States using on a standard PC connected to the Internet.

Voice over IP (VoIP) enables voice conversations to travel over IP data networks, providing savings and convenience from the desktop.'s new service will transport traffic over GTE Internetworking's managed IP telephony network, which is built on the company's Global Network Infrastructure (GNI) - not over the public Internet - providing high quality. GTE's GNI is a state-of-the-art, private fiber backbone spanning 17,000 miles in the United States alone, with high capacity reach worldwide.

"'s Internet business model, combined with their Java-based micro-application architecture, is a prime example of the rapid changes IP telephony is bringing to the telecommunications market. This is an extremely exciting relationship because it demonstrates how our open standards-based, high quality VoIP network can help our partners quickly deploy new customer-centric value-added services," said Paul R. Gudonis, president of GTE Internetworking, a unit of GTE Corporation (NYSE: GTE.)'s innovative technology is helping to expand the role of the personal computer as the ubiquitous communications platform. With the introduction of, Internet users can add free phone call service to other desktop communication tools.

" takes an entirely different approach by giving Internet users the ability to make free phone calls, around the corner, or across the country," said Dr. Hyunduk Ahn,'s president and CEO. "Our unique open standards-based technology works with more than 95% of today's PC's. All a user needs to start making free phone calls is a 33.6k or greater web connection and a sound card. Best of all, users can talk as long as they'd like," Ahn added. has a patent-pending, distributed H.323 architecture. The desktop application is a small, 156k Java applet that is engaged when a user's account is accessed. The Java-based applet provides simplicity, ease of installation, and convenience of use.

About GTE Internetworking and GTE Corporation

GTE Internetworking, a unit of GTE Corporation (NYSE: GTE), offers customers, from consumers to Fortune 500 companies, a full spectrum of integrated Internet services using IP networking technologies. GTE Internetworking delivers complete network solutions, including dial-up and dedicated Internet access, high-performance Web hosting, virtual private networks (VPNs), managed Internet security, network management systems integration, and Web-based application development for integrating the Internet into business operations. GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated voice, video and data services. Additional information about GTE Internetworking can be found on the Internet at, and about GTE Corporation at

About, Inc. is a privately held, Silicon Valley Internet telecommunications company that has developed the Internet's most innovative and free, computer-based telephone service. With the development of its advanced Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, integrated with its unique application of online advertising, is able to offer its patent-pending, high quality Web phone services at no cost to the end user. offers users an easier, more convenient and economic form of telecommunication.

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