8x8 Licenses CounterPath's eyeBeam to Develop a VoIP and Video Softphone for the Packet8 Broadband Phone Service
BOSTON, FALL 2005 VON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), the Packet8 broadband VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and videophone communications service provider and CounterPath Solutions, Inc., formerly Xten Networks, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: CTPS - News), a provider of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), Video over IP, Instant Messaging (IM), and Presence-enabled SIP softphones, announced today that 8x8 has entered into a software licensing agreement with CounterPath. Under the terms of the agreement, 8x8 has licensed CounterPath's eyeBeam software to develop a co-branded video-enabled softphone application for integration and deployment with the Packet8 Broadband Phone Service.
"8x8 selected CounterPath as a softphone partner due to its expertise in multimedia IP capabilities," said Christopher Peters, 8x8's Vice President of Strategic Alliances. "Our plan is to leverage interoperability with our installed base of Packet8 standalone videophones to increase the use of video communications for both residential and business applications," Mr. Peters concluded.
"We are very excited that another leading Voice over IP provider has chosen CounterPath for their softphone requirements. 8x8 is a well respected provider of voice and video over IP services, particularly with respect to their quality and ease of use for mass consumers," stated Mark Bruk, Chairman and CEO of CounterPath. "This licensing agreement continues to validate our strategy of working with leading, high quality service providers in developing solutions for their customers. We are looking forward to working together to enhance 8x8's voice and video service offerings with our high quality, rich, robust applications."
CounterPath's softphones for Windows, MAC OS X, Pocket PC and now Linux are software applications, which run on devices such as personal computers (PCs) or personal digital assistants (PDAs) or can be integrated into set-top boxes, embedded devices, instant messenger applications and alike. When a CounterPath softphone is connected to a service provider's network, the user can make and receive calls to and from other "on-net" callers (IP-to-IP) and/or "off-net" callers (IP-to-PSTN/Cellular) with the same quality of service they would expect from an IP handset. However, at a fraction of the cost, while providing more features and functionality than an IP handset.
About 8x8, Inc.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service provider 8x8, Inc. offers internet-based telephony solutions (http://www.packet8.net/) for individual, residential and business users as well as small to medium sized business organizations. In addition to regular Packet8 VoIP service plans, priced as low as $19.95 per month for unlimited anytime calling to the U.S. and Canada, 8x8 now offers the $99 Packet8 VideoPhone, the industry's first stand alone broadband consumer videophone with worldwide video calling for $19.95 per month. Packet8 Virtual Office, 8x8's VoIP solution for small to medium sized businesses, is a hosted PBX service comprised of powerful business class features. For additional company information, visit 8x8's website at http://www.8x8.com/.
About CounterPath Solutions, Inc.
CounterPath, formerly Xten Networks, Inc., is a developer of award- winning, high-quality, carrier-grade VoIP (Voice over IP) and Video over IP SIP softphones for service providers, cable operators, Internet telephony service providers, IP PBX manufacturers and OEMs. CounterPath's SIP softphones are available either pre-configured or as a software development kit (SDK), and provide VoIP (Voice over IP), Video over IP, IM (Instant Messaging), and Presence functionality. eyeBeam -- CounterPath's feature-rich SIP Video over IP softphone with IM and Presence -- recently received both Communications Solutions® Magazine's and INTERNET TELEPHONY® Magazine's "Product of the Year" Award for 2004. Through deployments with leading service providers, CounterPath technology is deployed in more than 5,400,000 IP endpoints worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.counterpath.com/.