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IP Communications Services Invests in Voxeet

Bandwidth’s inetwork Selects Voxeet as Winner of the Voice App Igniter Challenge

Bandwidth's inetwork division, the leading choice for innovative and scalable voice, 9-1-1 and SMS solutions, announced it selected Voxeet as the grand prize winner of the company's Voice App Igniter Challenge, developed to discover the next disruptive voice and messaging application. As the Challenge winner, Voxeet will receive up to $600,000 in IP communications services from inetwork. Voxeet will use this investment to support its efforts to replace outdated, traditional audio conferencing solutions with its breakthrough Natural Conferencing app. Bandwidth's inetwork recognizes the power phone numbers bring to social media, gaming and other applications people use daily, significantly shifting perceptions about a phone number's capabilities. This shift promises to significantly alter current perceptions about a phone number's capabilities. The company takes this metamorphosis into play as it provides users the freedom to launch and scale innovative communications solutions across a variety of platforms. While offering Voice, 9-1-1, and SMS services from a single source, the user-friendly customer portals allow real time updates backed by a reliable and responsive service team; customers include heavy hitters such as Skype, Google Voice and Pinger. For companies and application developers like these, voice is not an end unto itself but a component of something bigger, hence the new term "OTT Voice."

Voxeet (www.voxeet.com) has developed an affordable business-quality teleconference service that delivers crystal-clear sound, simultaneous conversations and visual and audio cues to identify who is talking on a call. The company has boldly entered a competitive, crowded and mature market and offers one of the first comprehensive alternatives to teleconference giants such as GoToMeeting and WebEx.

"We have spent years on tireless research and development to create a web conferencing solution that is truly different from everything else on the market today. The awarded services from The Voice App Igniter Challenge speeds our time-to-market and validates all of our hard work," said Stéphane Giraudie, CEO and founder, Voxeet. "Bandwidth's inetwork will help propel us the next level and make Voxeet ubiquitous, while helping millions of people enjoy natural conversations - dramatically improving their collaboration experiences."

The Voice App Igniter Challenge supports Voxeet's goal of becoming a ubiquitous, universal application.  The IP communications services from Bandwidth's inetwork will help Voxeet extend its technology to support access from landlines and cell phones to completely replace old-style audio conferencing.  This support propels Voxeet to another level, so that millions of people can enjoy natural conversations and dramatically improve their collaboration experience. Now anyone can call into a Voxeet conference call - even if they don't have a Voxeet account.  With Voxeet's PC version already available, its Android and iPhone app being released today, and Voxeet's Mac version in development, Voxeet is about to become a true cross-platform application.

"Since our founding, we have helped some of the biggest names in telecom, such as Skype, Google, Pinger and Marchex, get their voice and messaging applications off the ground, but were still blown away by the high-caliber submissions we received," said Steve Leonard, executive vice president and general manager of Bandwidth's inetwork division. "With our awarded services, Voxeet will undoubtedly disrupt the web conferencing market and change the perception of virtual meetings."

"We launched the Voice App Igniter challenge to invigorate and inspire the developer community and we were impressed with sophisticated entries that created new uses for phone numbers. Our inetwork team was overwhelmed by the level of engagement and enthusiasm surrounding Voxeet's entry and we are anxious to learn how the prize of phone services will help continue to fuel their innovative applications." - Steve Leonard, executive vice president and general manager.

Participants in The Voice App Igniter Challenge submitted their groundbreaking ideas via a short video or written narrative explaining their new way to use a phone number. In addition, participants were asked to demonstrate how their solution would change the world if granted an ability to assign up to one million phone numbers.  Each submission was reviewed by an internal panel that took innovation and creativity into account, coupled with the enthusiasm within the community via "likes," "shares" and comments.

inetwork, a division of Bandwidth, gives people the freedom to launch and scale innovative communication services requiring voice, 9-1-1, and SMS. Its purpose-built IP network, industry- leading web-based tools, custom open source development, and competitive pricing provide customers with an easier way to meet their communications needs. inetwork customers benefit from its flexible solutions, nimble operating environment, and responsive customer support. inetwork leverages its parent company's interconnected footprint (one of the largest in the nation), 49 state CLEC status, and financial strength to meet customers' voice origination and termination, toll free, SMS and 9-1-1 call routing needs, each with customizable deployment options, pricing models, and features.

To learn more about The Voice App Igniter and the talented startup organizations that participated, visit The Voice App Igniter Tumblr site. For feedback and live updates, follow @OTT_Voice on Twitter, hashtag #AppIgnite600.

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