Neutral Tandem Launches HD Voice Interconnect

Tue Aug 9, 2011 7:02am EDT

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CHICAGO, Aug. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neutral Tandem, Inc., (Nasdaq:TNDM), a
leading provider of global interconnection services, announces the launch of HD
Voice Interconnect. Neutral Tandem's HD Voice service is a High Definition
wideband voice interconnection solution for the competitive carrier market.
Neutral Tandem solves the problem of non-interconnected 'islands of HD' by
providing easy access to other HD carriers interconnected with Neutral Tandem,
and adds incremental value to carrier investments in IP networks and Voice over
IP (VoIP) services. The service has been successfully interconnected with 8x8,
Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT), a provider of innovative communications and computing
solutions, who announced its own ability to deliver HD Calling to business phone
service subscribers in January 2010.

The service is aimed at providing carriers and service providers, poised to
launch wideband calling services, the opportunity to efficiently route HD Voice
calls between competitive carriers and hosted Voice Application Providers. HD
Voice provides increased call clarity, meaning that conference call users can
better understand other speakers and enhanced applications like IVR, speech
recognition and transcription systems work with greater accuracy. The service
requires a SIP interconnect that routes HD Voice across Neutral Tandem's network
that is capable of terminating calls to over 550M telephony end points, and
offers completion for any call regardless of whether the terminating party can
terminate wideband voice.

"As a proven leader in offering HD interconnection solutions for service
providers, Neutral Tandem's solution makes it easy for us to provide the
enhanced audio fidelity required by our subscribers and completes the calls
across its all-IP network," comments Bryan Martin, Chairman and CEO of 8x8.
"They simplify the delivery of high-quality voice solutions end-to-end, and with
their 'off-net' routing capabilities, there's no need to create multiple HD
peering relationships or routing configurations with numerous carriers, they do
it all."

Neutral Tandem's HD Voice service is readily accessible to any carrier with HD
Voice traffic. It is unique in that it provides a bridge to connect between
carriers and across markets.  Furthermore, the solution does not require an ENUM
registry, where numbers have to be uploaded by each carrier and 'dipped' at call
set up. Due to the private nature of the service, customers simply route calls
to Neutral Tandem and if the terminating carrier supports HD Voice, it is
completed as such; otherwise, the call is completed on Neutral Tandem's
extensive global voice network.

"We are excited to provide a comprehensive HD Voice solution to support carriers
deploying wideband voice technology," comments Surendra Saboo, COO of Neutral
Tandem. "We have designed our solution to be straightforward, without requiring
complex routing tables or special number provisioning. We look forward to
speaking with other carriers and service providers who are planning wideband
voice deployments regarding testing and interconnecting to our HD voice service,
to maximize the value for their customers."

Neutral Tandem's HD Voice solution is designed to provide the carrier market a
broad High Definition footprint to terminate quality voice traffic to mobile and
wireline carriers. The service offers improved quality and low latency voice
termination across its entire private SIP-based network. HD Voice is a seamless
service to Neutral Tandem's existing voice termination platform that manages
over 11 billion minutes a month.   To learn more about Neutral Tandem's products
and services designed to help competitive carriers interconnect their networks,
contact or visit

Cautions Concerning Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial
risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical
fact, included in this press release regarding Neutral Tandem's strategy, future
operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs,
prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements.
The words "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "estimates," "projects,"
"plans," "intends," "may," "will," "would," and similar expressions are intended
to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking
statements contain these identifying words. Actual results or events could
differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the
forward-looking statements Neutral Tandem makes. Factors that might cause such
differences include, but are not limited to: risks associated with our ability
to successfully develop and market HD voice services, including but not limited
to identifying, obtaining, operating and maintaining attractive network switch
sites, equipment, software and business support systems; our inability to
interconnect with third parties or obtain necessary third party rights or
permits on a timely basis, if at all; cost estimation errors or overruns;
material delays or shortages; and other factors, many of which are beyond our
control and all of which could delay or negatively affect our ability to offer
HD voice services; and other important factors included in our reports filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly in the "Risk Factors"
section of Neutral Tandem's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended
December 31, 2010 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March
31, 2011, as such Risk Factors may be updated from time to time in subsequent
reports. Furthermore, such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date
of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking
statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

About Neutral Tandem, Inc.

Headquartered in Chicago, Neutral Tandem, Inc. provides voice, data and video
interconnection services worldwide. Neutral Tandem recently acquired Tinet, a
global carrier exclusively committed to the IP Transit and Ethernet wholesale
market. The acquisition combines Neutral Tandem's interconnection services for
wireless, wireline, cable and broadband companies with Tinet's global IP
backbone. Collectively, Neutral Tandem provides voice, IP Transit and Ethernet
solutions to carriers, service providers, and content management firms
worldwide. With over 100 Ethernet sites, the company is now the largest global
Ethernet interconnection provider, a top 10 global IPv4 backbone provider and
has a leading IPv6 network. Please visit Neutral Tandem's website at and follow us on Twitter@NeutralTandem.

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