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Report Ranks Primus Among Top Carriers

TeleGeography 2002, the 12th annual survey of international telecommunications from Washington, D.C.-based TeleGeography, has named Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc. the fifth largest carrier in the world of international public switched telephone network (PSTN) voice traffic based on aggregate traffic of all subsidiaries in the year 2000.

The Reston, Va.-based Primus, which began operations in 1995, ranked behind Concert, the joint venture of AT&T and British Telecom, WorldCom, Inc., Cable & Wireless, and Teleglobe, which is wholly-owned by Bell Canada (BCE Inc.).

Primus is a global facilities-based service provider offering an integrated portfolio of voice, data, Internet, and hosting services.

The report provides cross-border call volumes for over 100 countries, plus carrier market shares, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) route rankings, retail and wholesale call prices, and other detailed analysis.

According to TeleGeography, Primus' growing share of international traffic origination resulted in leading market positions in Australia (third), Canada (third), Germany (third), the Netherlands (fourth), United Kingdom (sixth), and the United States (sixth).

TeleGeography compiles and analyzes international telecom statistics. An independent subsidiary of Band-X Ltd., TeleGeography publishes reports and maps that are used by thousands of communication companies, consultancies, governments, and financial institutions in over 100 countries. The company's flagship report on international traffic -- the self-titled TeleGeography series -- has been published annually since 1989.