Algeria Telecom Partners with Iristel to Offer Algeria Connect

    - New VoIP service provides virtual Algerian phone numbers to Iristel
    subscribers worldwide -

    ALGIERS and TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Algeria Telecom, Algeria's leading
provider of telecommunications services, and Iristel Inc., a leading global
provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, today announced an
exclusive alliance to offer Algeria Connect, a new VoIP service that provides
virtual Algerian phone numbers to Iristel subscribers worldwide. With Algeria
Connect, phone calls from Algeria can be made to subscribers regardless of
where they are located in the world, using an Algerian phone number and at the
cost of a local call.
    As part of this exclusive agreement, Algeria Telecom and Iristel will
jointly offer Inbound Direct Inward Dialling (DID) services to subscribers
around the world who want an Algerian number for their existing phone line.
All calls coming through an Algeria Telecom DID switch are routed to Iristel's
gateway that is Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM)-interconnected with the
Algeria Telecom switch. Iristel's gateway then routes calls to the Iristel
switch, which then routes calls to Iristel subscribers.
    "Algeria Telecom is committed to providing our subscribers with
high-quality, low-cost solutions, enabling them to stay connected with family
and friends on a global basis," says Dr. Moussa Benhamadi, CEO of Algeria
Telecom. "The Iristel Inbound DID solution effectively closes the gap between
the PSTN (public switch telephone network) and VoIP networks to maintain the
quality digital signal our customers have come to expect from Algeria Telecom,
while allowing a limitless amount of concurrent incoming calls and lowering
our monthly costs."
    "We are excited about our new alliance with Algeria Telecom and the
possibilities it offers Iristel subscribers and partners around the world,"
says Dr. Akram Benalia, President of Iristel Algeria. "This partnership allows
Iristel and Algeria Telecom to provide customers with VoIP solutions in
compliance with the highest IP telecommunications industry quality standards
combined with an international level of customer service."
    Samer Bishay, President and CEO of Iristel, adds, "With today's
announcement, Iristel is reinforcing its role as the 'Operator's Operator' by
providing enhanced services, functionality and infrastructure to a world
leading organization like Algeria Telecom."
    Iristel's Inbound DID service is designed for calling card companies,
VoIP carriers, inbound call centres, competitive local exchange carriers
(CLECs) and virtual carriers requiring a local presence in multiple locations
around the world. The service is designed for consumers, carriers and
businesses that need to originate high-quality local calls from various
international locations, in a cost-effective manner.

    About Algeria Telecom

    As the first publicly-owned telecommunications company in Algeria,
Algeria Telecom's goal is to support modernization projects such as
e-government and the upgrading of payments systems, as initiated by the
Algerian Government under the guidance of the Ministry of the Post and
Technologies of Information and Communication (MPTIC). The company provides
and maintains the network infrastructure for institutions and ministries
across multiple sectors (e.g., health, education, business) in Algeria. In
addition, Algeria Telecom is committed to promoting the benefits of broadband
Internet and making innovative data and voice services accessible throughout
the country. For more information, visit:

    About Iristel Algeria

    Created in 2003, Iristel Algeria is a member of the Iristel Inc. network.
The company is committed to offering the latest in Internet-based
communications technologies to residential and business customers in the
Algerian market, while delivering exceptional customer service at an
international level. Iristel Algeria leverages its longstanding partnership
with Algeria Telecom and the sophisticated network of Iristel Inc. to be the
Operator of Choice for IP services in Algeria. In 2007, Iristel was the
principal partner of Algeria Telecom for the termination of its international
traffic. For more information visit:

    About Iristel Inc.

    Established in 1999, Iristel Inc. is a leading global provider of Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. The company was granted a carrier
license by the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) in 2000. Today,
Iristel also has domestic operator licenses in Algeria, Dominica and Romania
with an additional 20 points of presence (PoPs) throughout the world. The
company offers the broadest portfolio of IP services in Canada, including
hosted IP PBX, virtual faxing, virtual roaming, and global IP trunking
products and services. More information about Iristel can be found at:

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Lizanne McReelis, Echo
Communications, (416) 800-0011,; Jodi Echakowitz, Echo
Communications, (416) 800-0010,; M. Abdelhakim Meziani, Algeria
Telecom, Phone: 213 21 76 18 83, Email:

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