ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - COMPTEL PLUS 2008 -- Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that it has recognized XO Communications, a Cisco Powered member and leading provider of 21st-century communications for businesses and communications service providers, as the "IP Innovator at the COMPTEL PLUS 2008 Spring Expo." COMPTEL member service providers across the United States were considered for this designation. XO was chosen because of its commitment to providing innovative converged voice and data services to businesses and communications service providers, including 50 percent of the Fortune 500 and leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile operators.

"XO is very honored to be recognized by Cisco for our leadership in delivering converged voice and data services," said Vince Margiotta, vice president of product management at XO Communications. "Offering businesses and enterprises solutions with the Cisco Powered Program designation ensures that our customers know they are getting the best the industry has to offer."

XO Communications has received the Cisco Powered Program service designation for several managed services, including MPLS VPN, Security, Web Hosting and Dedicated Internet Access. These designations demonstrate to businesses and large enterprises that XO Communications is committed to using the latest technology to deploy, manage, and support high-quality managed IP services.

XO Communications has also deployed the Cisco® CRS-1 Carrier Routing System in the core of its nationwide Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network to support a broad range of managed services. In addition to delivering increased capacity, the CRS-1 platform will also deliver greater performance and reliability, reduce operational expenditures, and provide a more cost-effective platform to deliver high-capacity managed IP services.

"XO is a highly innovative provider and leading the charge to become an 'experience provider' through the development and deployment of advanced converged and managed voice and data services to a wide variety of customers," said Vic Northrup, area vice president at Cisco. "Cisco is pleased to recognize XO as the 'IP Innovator at the COMPTEL PLUS 2008 Spring Expo.'"

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