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Deutsche Telekom Offers PC-to-Phone Service

VocalTec Communications Ltd. today announced that Deutsche Telekom AG will use its Ensemble Architecture (VEA) products in the launch of Deutsche Telekom's T-Online Internet telephony pilot program.

Israel-based VocalTec and Deutsche Telekom currently have a strategic partnership, with the German communications company owning approximately 20% of VocalTec's outstanding ordinary shares. Financial details for today's agreement were not disclosed.

VocalTec's software is designed to enable voice, fax and multi-media communications over packetized (IP) networks and the Internet. The two firms stated they are working closely to customize VEA components for new value-added services and applications.

"Through this pilot we are positioning ourselves once again as the innovative leader in the field of Internet telephony," said Detlev Buchal, Member of the Board of Deutsche Telekom. "So far, we have concentrated on telephone to telephone connections via the Internet. Now we are expanding our trials to PC-based Internet telephony. This is another important step towards the integration of voice and data."

Deutsche Telekom claims to be the third largest telecommunications company in the world and Europe's largest Internet service provider. VocalTec describes itself as a leader in developing open standards products that bridge IP networks and the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) and drive the convergence of computing and telephone technologies.

Internet telephony has been a hot commodity lately, especially in the International market. Earlier this week, AT&T announced agreements to provide telephony through two portal sites, and Compuserve and MediaRing unveiled voice communication service to European Internet users.

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