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ITXC Announces Net Telephony Initiative for Africa

STOCKHOLM (03/22/2000) - ITXC Corp. has announced a new initiative aimed at promoting the use of Internet telephony throughout Africa.

The initiative was launched by ITXC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Evslin, who in a keynote speech at the second annual African Telecom Summit held in Accra, Ghana, promised to provide assistance to African countries looking to set up domestic Internet-telephony networks, according to a statement issued yesterday.

In return for providing "intellectual capital" to assist in the building of such networks, the company, wants to use its ITXC.net network to carry international calls to and from the African service providers, according to the statement.

Internet telephony is providing African nations with an opportunity to build combined data and voice networks, according to ITXC, which should result in savings compared to the investments required to build separate voice an data network infrastructures.

The African Telecom Summit was cosponsored by ITXC, the company said.

ITXC, in Princeton, New Jersey, can be reached via the Web at http://www.itxc.com/.