NEWARK, NJ and ENGLEWOOD, CO (June 14, 2001) – IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT; IDT.B) and Liberty Media (NYSE: LMG.A; LMG.B) announced today plans to form a joint venture to make telephony services available to Liberty’s International cable affiliates. IDT and Liberty will have equal equity stakes in the joint venture, with IDT controlling the venture’s day-to-day operations and appointing a majority of its Board of Directors. IDT will provide the telephony termination and infrastructure for the joint venture for a period of five years and all of the funding obligations. Liberty has entered into a binding memorandum of understanding with Net2Phone, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTOP) to obtain a five-year license for Net2Phone’s technology, allowing it access to software used by Net2Phone to voice-enable and operate its IP network and to provide service to VoIP customers, as well as access to Net2Phone’s suite of IP communications applications. Liberty has agreed to assign this license to the joint venture. The formation of the joint venture is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals.
“We have long been intrigued by the possibilities offered by cable telephony,” said Howard Jonas, Chairman and CEO of IDT Corporation. “By partnering with a company with the global reach of Liberty, and using Net2Phone’s industry-leading technology, we are positioning ourselves to benefit from this potentially huge market.”
“IDT and Net2Phone have a proven track-record of successful voice delivery over IP networks,” according to Robert Bennett, President and CEO of Liberty Media. “This is an excellent example of Liberty’s ability to partner with recognized leaders in VoIP and next-generation voice technology and bringing that expertise to Liberty’s International distribution platform.”
Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to occur by July 14, 2000.
IDT is a leading facilities- based, multinational carrier that combines its position as an international telecommunications operator with its experience as an Internet service provider to provide a broad range of telecommunications services to its wholesale and retail customers worldwide. Through its own national telecommunications backbone and fiber optic network infrastructure, IDT provides its customers with integrated and competitively priced international and domestic long distance telephony, prepaid calling cards, Internet access and digital subscriber line (DSL) service.
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