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[September 28, 2004]

Convedia to Participate in Global MSF Interoperability 2004 Event; Company Will Provide Multi-Service IP Media Server Functionality across Global Test Sites

VANCOUVER, B.C. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 28, 2004 -- Convedia(R) Corporation, the leading provider of IP media processing platforms, announced today that it will participate in the upcoming Global MSF Interoperability 2004 (GMI 2004), sponsored by the Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF). Planned for October 4-16, GMI 2004 will conduct interoperability testing simultaneously between four interconnected carrier labs located around the world: Qwest in North America, British Telecom (BT) in Europe, and Korea Telecom (KT) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) in Asia. Convedia's CMS-6000 Media Server, already installed at a BT lab facility in the United Kingdom, will be an integral component of the live interoperability testing, by delivering the media processing requirements for multiple VoIP applications provided by other GMI 2004 participants.

GMI 2004 is the MSF's global interoperability testing and verification event for an end-to-end deployable and operations-ready VoIP network with services, applications, network management, enhanced Quality of Service (QoS), and security features. All the test sites will be interconnected by live network facilities, creating a realistic test environment to examine the interoperability and deployment of multi-service next-generation networks on a global scale. GMI 2004 will test application servers, media servers, service brokers, call agents, bandwidth managers, and other control and management systems against the specific protocols defined in MSF Interoperability Agreement (IA) specifications.

"The companies that have committed to participating in GMI 2004 are the Who's Who of the telecommunications industry," said Roger Ward, MSF President. "The physical scenarios we have created for the event will stretch the technical capabilities of the participants by providing a demanding, realistic test setting. Participating companies will have a chance to showcase their products to the world's biggest carriers in a real-world environment."

Convedia has been an active member of the MSF since 2001, and has participated in MSF technical committee meetings. Convedia also authored the MSF Implementation Agreement (IA) for a SIP Media Server Interface, one of the IAs to be verified at GMI 2004. During GMI 2004, Convedia's CMS-6000 Media Server will provide IP media processing capabilities for a variety of VoIP applications, including the Korea Telecom Application Server, the Leapstone CCE serviceBROKER, the Telcordia Open Services Platform, and the VocalData Application Server.

"From its very beginning, Convedia has been totally committed to the development and promotion of carrier-class VoIP service architectures ready for global service provider deployment," said Garland Sharratt, Convedia's VP of Partner Development and Chief Architect. "The MSF's GMI 2004 event provides an unparalleled opportunity to demonstrate and also verify the progress among leading telecommunication service providers and vendors towards interoperable, scalable and manageable VoIP services. Convedia is pleased to contribute our products and technical support to this landmark interoperability event, and to showcase the multi-service capabilities of our IP media server platforms."

Convedia's carrier-class CMS-6000 Media Server and entry-level CMS-1000 Media Server consolidate the functions of traditional messaging platforms, multimedia conference bridges, announcement and recording servers, interactive voice response units (IVR/VRU), and speech platforms into a multi-service, open standards compliant solution for network and enhanced services media processing.

About the MSF

The Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) is a global association of service providers and system suppliers committed to developing and promoting open-architecture, multiservice switching systems. Founded in 1998, the MSF is an open-membership organization comprised of the world's leading telecommunications companies. The MSF's activities include developing implementation agreements, promoting worldwide compatibility and interoperability, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies. For more information about the MSF and it members, visit www.msforum.org.

More information about GMI 2004 can also be found at www.gmi2004.com.

About Convedia

Convedia(R) Corporation is the leading supplier of next-generation IP media servers that enable telecommunication service providers to reduce service delivery costs and increase revenues through new approaches to enhanced services. Convedia's award-winning family of products includes the CMS-6000 Media Server, a carrier-class media server capable of scaling to 18,000 ports per shelf, and the CMS-1000 Media Server, a low-cost, entry-level media server. Convedia is a privately held company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with regional offices in Asia and the United States. For additional information about Convedia, its products, or the role of media servers in Softswitch, Packet Cable, or 2.5 and 3G wireless architectures, visit www.convedia.com.

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