Optical/IP Networks

Verso Responds to Skype

ATLANTA -- Verso Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSO), a leading provider of packet based solutions, responded today to recent comments by Skype CEO, Niklas Zennstrom regarding Verso’s NetSpective M-Class product’s Skype™ blocking abilities.

The NetSpective® M-Class product is a carrier grade application filter which offers bandwidth optimization and content management specifically for the carrier market. The application provides the most comprehensive array of bandwidth optimization and content management options currently available for cable and mobile operators and Internet protocol service providers seeking to selectively disable undesirable network traffic by applications such as Skype and other P2P applications.

Applications such as Skype present several critical and well documented problems for carriers, including:
  • increased congestion on networks;
  • interrupted or degraded service for mission critical applications;
  • the violation of legal intercept requirements established by most nations around the world; and
  • security vulnerabilities including distribution of viruses, denial of service attacks and remote access control.

“Verso does have an executed trial agreement with a tier one carrier in China; however, at the request of the customer, we will maintain their anonymity until the trial is completed. We will not jeopardize an important business relationship to respond to baseless comments,” said Monty Bannerman, CEO, Verso Technologies. “Verso has been doing business in China for more than 10 years and we understand the market and its regulatory environment. In addition, it has been widely reported that Skype technology is illegal in China,” added Bannerman.

Verso has had an established reputation in the content filtering sector since 2001. In response to market demands from both enterprises and carriers, Verso began the development and brought to market the P2P and Skype filtering capabilities available today. The critical drivers for the enhancements were the network security vulnerabilities and bandwidth utilization issues presented by unauthorized evasive applications running on corporate and carrier networks. Recently both the Tolly Group, the authoritative, unbiased source for global IT research, certification and testing, as well as the Info-Tech Research Group, a global leader in providing information technology research and analysis, communicated the security and bandwidth problems presented by Skype for enterprises and carriers.

“Verso is highly confident in our product and we are currently in the process of securing an independent, third party accreditation and certification for this product. Additionally, if Niklas Zennstrom is willing to accept my invitation and return to the United States, we would be delighted to give him a personal demonstration,” concluded Bannerman.

Verso Technologies Inc.

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