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deltathree.com Launches European Services

IP telephony provider deltathree.com says that for the first time it is offering direct access services from western Europe, enabling users there to cut the cost of telephoning by up to 90 per cent.

deltathree.com will make direct access available to callers in nine European countries: Germany, Austria, France, Finland, Sweden, the U.K., Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

The savings are made possible because deltathree.com routes the calls over the company's privately-managed IP network, although they originate and terminate on the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

To use the service, callers dial a local or toll-free access number and provide their PIN. They are charged by the minute, with all billing and payment information being handled online.

Elie Wurtman, chairman of deltathree.com, said that western Europe was just the beginning of his company's plans for expansion.

"We will be offering our customers in other continents the same opportunities in the coming months," said Wurtman.

deltathree.com currently has 44 Points of Presence (POPs) in 27 countries. As well as providing a phone-to-phone service it also offers a PC-to-phone service from Internet-ready PCs to any telephone in the world.

Other deltathree.com services include a unified messaging service and a Web-based e-commerce service which lets the user talk to a business while viewing its Web site.

To set up deltathree.com services, users log on to the company's interactive center and fill out the appropriate account forms. Once the account is established, users can pre-pay for telephone and other services by credit card.

deltathree.com is a subsidiary of RSL Communications.