Voxeo Acquires Micromethod

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Acquisition accelerates Voxeo's global reach in Asia Pacific and significantly expands current SIP product offerings.

Voxeo's acquisition of Micromethod positions the company to take advantage of the explosive growth in APAC. China, in particular, is expected to experience a massive uptake in IVR and SIP deployments, over the next decade, as companies expand their customer service operations. Voxeo is now positioned to take advantage of this growth

Today at the SpeechTEK 2008 conference, Voxeo Corporation, a leading provider of IVR and VoIP platforms and services, announced it has acquired Micromethod Technologies, an innovative developer of SIP-based communication and collaboration software with headquarters in Beijing, China and San Jose, California. The acquisition bolsters Voxeo's line of SIP-focused products, services and developer solutions and serves as the foundation of Voxeo's expansion into the Asia Pacific (APAC) market.

"Micromethod has made great inroads into the SIP communication and APAC markets from their Beijing base. These were extremely compelling for Voxeo as we looked to add to our SIP product line and launch our on-demand and on-premise products in Asia. We look forward to integrating Micromethod products with our own and to expanding Voxeo's presence in Asia with this exceptionally talented team of engineers and executives," said Jonathan Taylor, Voxeo CEO.

Micromethod's customers include some of the largest voice platform and online collaboration service providers, such as Tellme and GMarket, as well as leading video and wireless communication vendors.

Micromethod's products include:

SIPMethod -- an end-to-end platform for rapid development and deployment of SIP communication solutions. SIPMethod supports more than 30 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Java Specification Request (JSR), and W3C standards including SIP and HTTP Servlets, JAX-WS, JMX, and STUN. SIPMethod also supports converged SIP and HTTP applications, enabling flexible mashups of telephony, IM, presence, web 2.0, and SOAP/REST services and applications.

SIPoint -- a comprehensive solution for SIP user collaboration, connectivity, routing, and messaging. SIPoint is built on the SIPMethod platform, includes SIP registrar, location, redirect, proxy, instant messaging, XCAP and presence services, adding support for 18 more IETF standards for SIMPLE, and OMA and 3GPP presence.

Horizon -- a highly effective SIP firewall, NAT, and VPN solution. Horizon both enables secure SIP audio, video, and data connections and helps those connections traverse existing firewall and NAT implementations that block or break SIP-based collaboration. Horizon is also built on the SIPMethod platform. An H.323-compliant version of Horizon is also available.

Voxeo will continue to sell and enhance Micromethod products, and will also integrate them with Voxeo's Prophecy premise software, Evolution hosting, and new products and services that will be announced over the next six months.

"Voxeo's acquisition of Micromethod positions the company to take advantage of the explosive growth in APAC. China, in particular, is expected to experience a massive uptake in IVR and SIP deployments, over the next decade, as companies expand their customer service operations. Voxeo is now positioned to take advantage of this growth," said Daniel Hong, the Lead Analyst of Customer Interaction Technology at Datamonitor.

Since its creation in 1998, VoiceXML has become the de facto open standard for the development of Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and speech applications. Voxeo Prophecy is the most VoiceXML standard-compliant platform available today, and is the only platform to pass 100% of the VoiceXML Forum's mandatory and optional compliance tests. Voxeo was also first to support CCXML, the telephone call-control-focused sibling to VoiceXML. With the acquisition of Micromethod, Voxeo now complements VoiceXML and CCXML with a suite of open, API-driven development platforms and SIP-focused enterprise solutions based on Java Specification Request (JSR) standards.

All Micromethod employees have joined Voxeo and will work for Voxeo's newly launched Asia-Pacific subsidiary. Kevin Lu, Micromethod's CEO, has been named General Manager of Voxeo Asia-Pacific. Wei Chen, Micromethod's CTO, has been named Chief Architect of Voxeo worldwide.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About Voxeo:
Voxeo makes voice applications easy to build and deploy. The company's common sense approach isn't rocket science: Offer a great platform. Make it exceptionally easy for people to try, buy and use. Provide amazing support. The approach has made Voxeo a leading choice among developers and the answer for companies who don't subscribe to the mentality that a powerful solution needs to be complicated and expensive. More than 30,000 developers and enterprise customers - including half of the Fortune 100 - use Voxeo's Prophecy Platform and Hosting to deliver innovative IVR, VoIP, outbound notification, unified communications and a new generation of SIP-powered solutions. Anyone can immediately download the Prophecy Platform or sign up to use Voxeo's hosted developer portal for free at http://www.voxeo.com/free.

Voxeo is an employee-owned company with headquarters in Orlando, FL, London, UK and Beijing, China. The company's Prophecy Platform has been downloaded more than 20,000 times since its launch in 2006 and its standards-based IVR hosting platform is the largest in the world and the only one backed by a 100% uptime guarantee. For more information visit http://www.voxeo.com or call +1 (407) 418-1800 or +44 (0) 20 7887 6085 in the UK and Europe.

About Micromethod Technologies:
Micromethod Technologies is an innovative developer of end-to-end IP communication software. Micromethod's product offering includes SIP communication software that provides customers and partners new revenue opportunities through a rich offering of convergent solutions such as IP telephony, messaging, conferencing and presence. http://www.micromethod.com

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