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Taide Expands its Verso Next Generation Softswitch Solution; Verso Solution to Provide Platform that will Assist Taide with its Expansion in the African Continent.

ATLANTA -- Verso Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSOD), a leading provider of packet-based solutions, announced today that Taide Networks, an Internet access provider and voice over satellite wholesaler, has expanded its Verso's next generation Class 4 and Class 5 solutions to support several African operators currently deploying major VoIP networks through the African continent.

Norway-based Taide was established in 1991 and has become one of the largest global Internet access providers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is a subsidiary of Telenor Satellite Services, a leading distributor and supplier of information technology and telecommunication services throughout Scandinavia. As an existing customer which first implemented Verso softswitch technology in 2003, Taide will now use Verso's C4 and C5 softswitch solution to connect three new African operators to its voice network, enabling Taide to increase its customer base as well as to begin offering prepaid calling card services.

"We are pleased to strengthen our relations with Taide, which has seen strong growth since it first became a Verso customer in 2003," said Monty Bannerman, chief executive officer, Verso Technologies. "Like us, Taide recognizes the enormous market potential that exists within the EMEA region and together, we have plans for further expansion with additional operators."

"The emerging African marketplace has afforded us a new potential customer base and we are working with Verso to capture these opportunities," said Stefano Vittor, chief executive officer, Taide Networks. "Our partnership with Verso offers us the ability to rapidly deploy VoIP networks that are reliable, scalable and cost effective. We look forward to strengthening and growing this relationship."

About Taide Network

Taide Network AS, a worldwide satellite communication and Internet access provider, was established in 1991 and has grown to be one of the largest Global Internet Access Providers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). During the last year, Taide has signed up customers in 30 African countries, expanded business in the Middle East and kept its strong position in Eastern Europe. For more information, visit

About Verso Technologies

Verso is a leading provider of next generation communication solutions for service providers that want to lower their communication infrastructure costs and enhance service capabilities without sacrificing reliability, scalability and quality of service. With an extensive solutions portfolio that extends from the core to the edge of a network, Verso enables customers to leverage legacy technology investments towards converged networks that are faster and more cost-effective to deploy and easier and more flexible to manage. Verso solutions are currently deployed in customer networks in over 120 countries. For more information, contact Verso at or call 678.589.3500.
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