Navigata Partners with Telica

Navigata Partners with Telica for Network Excellence

Leading Canadian Service Provider Selects Telica’s Switching Technology to Support Array of Services

Marlboro, Mass. — February 2, 2004 — Telica®, Inc., an innovator in next generation VoIP switching, today announced that Navigata Communications Ltd, a member of the SaskTel group of companies, has deployed multiple Plexus™ 9000 switches to support long distance, 800 and prepaid calling services across its nationwide Canadian network. Navigata, a Canadian service provider, offers its customers cost-effective, reliable voice, data and Internet services. The company operates a national network and has major hubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. Since its founding 45 years ago, Navigata has distinguished itself through its superior customer experience, adoption of new technology and network expansion to meet the changing needs of its customers. Integrating Telica’s solution into its network enables Navigata to cap its investment in embedded TDM equipment and expand its services to include prepaid calling and 800 services using AIN 0.2, with next-generation switching technology. By utilizing the Plexus 9000, Navigata realizes compelling operational and capital savings through a smaller footprint, lower cost per port and reduced power costs. “Navigata takes great pride in implementing communication solutions that give us the flexibility to accommodate our customers’ diverse needs,” said Tom Laird, president and CEO of Navigata. “Integrating Telica’s switching technology into our network will allow us to offer our customers greater choice and flexibility, and will help position us well in this dynamic environment.” The Plexus 9000 is a key component of Telica’s PLUS™ second-generation softswitch family. Telica’s Plexus 9000 is a carrier-class voice softswitch that offers an industry-leading 80,000 port density on a stand-alone basis. When deployed as an element of the PLUS architecture, the Plexus 9000 enables carriers to build networks of up to 500,000 ports. Carriers utilizing the PLUS architecture can deploy Class 4 tandems or Class 5 end offices, using TDM or IP for trunking or access in one highly scalable network. The unparalleled density and architectural deployment options offered by PLUS, coupled with support for both legacy and converged voice network architectures, provide the highest level of flexibility for domestic and international service providers. “Navigata has a stellar reputation as an innovative service provider, and we look forward to continuing to work with them to address their customers’ evolving needs,” said John St. Amand, Telica’s president and CEO. "Our solution offers a powerful combination of rich features and services, enabling providers to grow their businesses efficiently and quickly while also saving them significant operations costs."

About Navigata Communications Ltd

Navigata offers a full range of products to address the telecom needs of businesses, including data networking, high-speed Internet, hosting services, data center co-location, managed security solutions, long distance and local phone services. The company has offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Navigata is a member of the SaskTel group of companies, the leading full service communications company in Saskatchewan, offering complete wireline, wireless, Internet and e-business solutions over a state-of-the art, digital network.

About Telica, Inc.

Telica’s innovative VoIP switching solutions provide an ideal bridge between next-generation and legacy networks for wireline and wireless carriers. Today, Telica switches route more than 4.5 billion minutes of use per month in aggregate across the fast-evolving networks of more than 60 domestic and international service providers. With the lowest cost per port on the market today, Telica’s new PLUS™ second-generation softswitches deliver at least five times more calling capacity than legacy switches or first-generation softswitches using innovative, purpose-built Compute Modules that plug into one box for easier management and greater reliability and scalability. Telica’s open, standards-based packet voice infrastructure — which includes softswitches, media gateways and advanced network management — allows carriers to deliver the widest range of services, from wireless to local Class 5 and long-distance Class 4 services, in both VoIP and PSTN/circuit networks. For more information, visit