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FIRST IMTC VIDEOCONFERENCING EVENT HOSTED OVER IP NETWORK

200 People in 10 Countries Watch, Listen and Participate in 90-Minute Conference

San Ramon, California, October 15, 2002 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (www.imtc.org) and H.323 Forum (www.h323forum.org) recently conducted their first live and large-scale IMTC videoconference distributed over an IP network. More than 200 people located at 93-endpoint sites in Europe, Middle East and North America listened, watched and participated in the videoconference about the hot industry topic "H.323 Traversal Through Firewalls and NATs." The size and scope of the 90-minute videoconference and the presentation's content clearly demonstrated the impressive capabilities of H.323 technologies to deliver high quality voice and video over IP networks.

The videoconference was co-sponsored by the H.323 Forum and service-providers Wire One Technologies and the Video Development Initiative (ViDeNet). Participants linked to the videoconference by connecting to Wire One Technologies' Glowpoint network, ViDeNet, Internet2 and the Internet. The videoconference was held in conjunction with the IMTC's 2002 SuperOp! Event in Welches, Oregon where 50 participants joined the conference. Also, Ohio State University's mobile videoconferencing system was parked at the Ohio State Fair and was connected to the conference using IP over a satellite connection.

Larry Schessel, president of the H.323 Forum and senior manager of Voice Product Management at Cisco Systems, said, "Our worldwide videoconference was a success and clearly proved that H.323 technology, networks and systems are viable and dependable for even large scale collaboration. All participants were impressed with the audio and video quality, which they compared to broadcast TV. The user's experience was incredible. They said it was like being in the same room with the speakers.

The landmark IP-based videoconference featured presentations by three industry leaders. The conference was hosted by Larry Schessel located in North Carolina. Speakers included Mike Burkett of Ridgeway Systems speaking from Texas, Melinda Shore of Cisco Systems speaking from Cornell University in upstate New York, and Chaim Fried at Wire One Technologies in New Jersey. The speakers presented their viewpoints and answered numerous questions from video and Internet participants.

The H.323 Forum is developing a full-day videoconference that will be held on November 15 during the IMTC's 2002 Fall Forum in New York City. Program topics include "Enterprise Video Conferencing," "Quality of Service," "H.323 Technology," and "Security." In continuing to drive H.323 technology, the entire one-day conference will be available via H.323 videoconference. For more details contact Jennifer Fletcher at the IMTC.

About the IMTC
The IMTC is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable rich media solutions based on open international standards. In addition to developing technical recommendations for formal and de facto standards, the IMTC hosts rich media interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years, the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability events to test H.323, SIP, and Voice over IP products, and services for compatibility with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Avaya, Cisco Systems, Forgent Networks, France Telecom, Intel, KPN Telecom, Nokia, Polycom, RADVISION, Ridgeway, Siemens AG, Sony, TANDBERG, Telverse, and WorldCom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 100 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; communications companies; teleconferencing service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. "The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime." The consortium's Web site address is http://www.imtc.org.

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