Newark N.J., November 12, 2003 – IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT, IDT.C), a multinational carrier, telephone and technology company today announced it has been awarded more than $21-million in an arbitration against Telefonica Internacional, S.A., (Telefonica).
The arbitration award resolves claims brought by IDT Corporation against Telefonica and Telefonica’s counterclaims. IDT filed a claim against Telefonica for breach of an agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in August of 1999. In essence, this agreement called for IDT to purchase 10% of a new company that would own and operate a submarine fiber optic network to be constructed by Telefonica around Latin America and for IDT to purchase at least a $100-million worth of capacity on that network over a five-year period. In addition, the parties were to establish a Joint Venture Company (“JVC”) that would use their respective corporate strengths to develop and jointly market products in “the Hispanic and such other markets as may be determined by the JVC in the United States and certain related markets in Latin America.”
In addition to the more than $21-million award to IDT, the arbitration panel ruled that all of Telefonica’s counterclaims against IDT were denied and dismissed.
IDT Corporation, through its IDT Telecom, Inc. subsidiary, is a facilities-based, multinational carrier that provides a broad range of telecommunications services to its retail and wholesale customers worldwide. IDT Telecom, by means of its own national telecommunications backbone and fiber optic network infrastructure, provides its customers with integrated and competitively priced international and domestic long distance telephony and prepaid calling cards. IDT and Liberty Media Corporation own 95% and 5% of IDT Telecom, respectively. Liberty Media Corporation also owns a 5.6% stake in IDT Media. IDT Media, Inc. is the IDT subsidiary principally responsible for the Company’s initiatives in media, new video technologies and print media. Winstar Holdings, LLC is the IDT subsidiary through which we provide broadband and telephony services to commercial and governmental customers through a fixed-wireless and fiber infrastructure. In December 2002, we announced that the services offered by Winstar would begin to be offered under the name “IDT Solutions.” Net2Phone, Inc., a subsidiary of IDT Corporation, is a leading provider of high-quality global retail Voice over IP services, either directly or via a partner.
IDT Corporation common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols IDT and IDT.C.
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