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Arbinet Launches DirectAxcessSM Service

Direct Termination to the World’s Fixed and Mobile Networks for High Call Quality

New Brunswick, NJ, May 17, 2005 – Arbinet-thexchange, Inc. [Nasdaq: ARBX], the leading electronic market for trading, routing and settling communications capacity, announced today the launch of DirectAxcess, its new service that offers the world’s fixed and mobile network operators the ability to buy and sell termination to branded networks in a transparent, non-anonymous environment.

DirectAxcess gives Arbinet Members the highest possible quality for their customers’ traffic, plus the efficiency of Arbinet’s automated transaction processing and settlement platform. DirectAxcess sellers gain a new, low-cost channel to generate incremental return on their network investment. Arbinet developed the service in a trial with Members beginning March 1, 2005.

The service launches today with 32 selling Members, including leading global brands Cable & Wireless, KDDI, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Rostelecom, Singapore Telecom, Telecom Argentina, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telekom Malaysia, Telkom South Africa, TelstraClear and Western Wireless. In total, DirectAxcess launches with 183 global termination markets, including 34 mobile networks, with more being added weekly.

"DirectAxcess has allowed us to sell termination on our Japanese network to a global pool of buyers and earn a premium from our superior network performance," said Laurie T. Williams, director wholesale & marketing, KDDI America, Inc. "We have also been able to sell incremental termination on our network of valued direct interconnections like Saudi, Mobile. DirectAxcess has been so successful we have expanded our capacity twice, and this was just in the trial phase."

To date 36 Arbinet Members are participating as buyers of the service and have experienced high quality performance such as an 81.1 percent call completion rate with 12.9 minute average call duration to KDDI’s Japanese network and a 70.4 percent call completion rate with 12.3 minute average call duration to Telkom South Africa.

The DirectAxcess service provides:

  • High call quality. Arbinet results indicate directly connecting buyers with the network operator on the Arbinet platform significantly improves call completion ratios and call durations due to fewer intermediate network transfers.

  • Fast, secure transactions on Arbinet’s automated trading system with leading third party financial underwriters to ensure sellers are always paid.

“We are focused on developing new services that give our Members immediate and cost-effective ways to increase the profitability of their communications traffic,” said J. Curt Hockemeier, Arbinet president and chief executive officer. “DirectAxcess opens a new and direct channel for our Member carriers to gain the visibility, assured quality, and routing stability they need to support their retail customers. The introduction of this new service is part of our strategy to expand proven trading solutions from our spot market to help our Members with new segments of their traffic.”

DirectAxcess sellers must satisfy network requirements and stringent quality parameters including dedicating capacity for the service. Sellers may offer termination on either their in-country fixed or mobile networks.

"DirectAxcess offers carriers an efficient alternative to legacy bilateral routes, and gives them a single interconnect point to multiple in-country fixed and mobile networks, eliminating the need to negotiate and monitor multiple direct network interconnections," said Bob Barbiere, Arbinet senior vice president strategy.

DirectAxcess is fully integrated into Arbinet’s current trading site and the direct route providers can be viewed by name on an enhanced MarketView screen.

About Arbinet

Arbinet is the leading electronic market for trading, routing and settling communications capacity. Members of the exchange, consisting primarily of communications service providers, buy and sell voice calls and Internet capacity based on route quality and price through its centralized, efficient and liquid marketplace. Members place orders through a web-based interface. Its fully automated, highly scalable trading platform matches these orders using proprietary software and delivers them through state-of-the-art facilities.

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