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Integrates Industry-Leading Pricing Capabilities into ProVISIONSM 3.0

Universal Access, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAXS), a leading provider of network infrastructure services, today announced major enhancements to its Universal Information Exchange (UIX) databases by integrating pricing and circuit design capabilities into its ProVISION workflow engine. These enhancements will allow Universal Access to further streamline the procurement, ordering, network design and billing of end-to-end, multi-vendor network solutions for Internet, application and telecommunication service providers.

These additions will complement the UIX databases by integrating information from over 70 carriers into a single platform and processing it in a manner that helps Universal Access speed the circuit provisioning and installation processes. The proprietary UIX databases are comprised of the physical networks, provisioning and restoration methods and procedures, contact information, escalation lists, interconnections, points of presence (POP), on-net buildings, pricing, and other proprietary carrier data. Due to fragmentation, even the largest national carriers have no more than 6,000 on-net, fibre-lit buildings. In comparison, the UIX databases encompass over 150,000 physical sites, 11.2 million data points and the capacity of carriers who have a presence at the company’s Universal Transport Exchange (UTXSM) interconnection facilities.

The pricing and circuit design capabilities will allow Universal Access to leverage information from multiple carriers nationwide. By piecing together parts of the fragmented network infrastructure, the UIX databases construct the most efficient circuit route, providing customers with the right carrier for the right job. Integrated with the company’s ProVISION workflow engine, the pricing and circuit design capabilities will allow the information it generates to seamlessly flow to provisioning, speeding the provisioning process and allowing for shorter installation times for clients.

"The integration of our pricing and circuit design capabilities with ProVISION 3.0 is a huge step in the continuing development of the UIX databases," said Robert Pommer, vice chairman and president of client services. "Due to our neutrality and focus, no single entity has as much network information as we do and, more importantly, Universal Access is the only company that is able to put all the pieces together. Even though the capital markets are cutting back funding for new infrastructure, our clients are still looking to expand. In the past, they were forced to order circuits from several of their competitors and figure out how to stitch pieces of a circuit together. With the information contained in the UIX databases, Universal Access is able to locate the most cost-effective route for their circuit and provision it for them end to end."

Universal Access collects and aggregates network information from multiple networks, maintaining it in the proprietary UIX databases. Leveraging this information, Universal Access is able to provide clients dedicated end-to-end private line solutions across geographically dispersed network segments, efficiently and cost effectively. With access to a greater number of circuit routes, clients easily extend their network reach and are better positioned to offer a broader range of point-to-point options to their customers. The UIX online quoting and order processing enables clients to request pricing information and place orders at their convenience.

According to Pommer, the foundation of the Universal Access services offerings is UniversalNETSM, a family of first-to-market, customised solutions designed to address the worldwide problem of skyrocketing times to provision high-speed network connections, which costs service providers billions of dollars in lost revenues yearly. UniversalNET solutions are based on the UIX databases and the UTX facilities. The UTX facilities complement the UIX databases by physically enabling optimal circuit routing. ISPs, ASPs, and telecommunication service providers (TSPs) bring their networks into Universal Access’ UTX facilities to extend their geographic reach and gain access to new or additional network capacity.

Universal Access interconnects these networks at each facility, stitching together the fibre networks to deliver end-to-end local, long haul and international connectivity to its customers.

For more information about the capabilities of the UIX databases, visit the Universal Access website at

You may also contact the Company's headquarter office in Chicago at 312.660.5000 or European office in London +44 297 643 2200.

About Universal Access

Universal Access is the only company capable of interconnecting thousands of telecom networks so telecommunications, Internet and application service providers can speed up the delivery of voice and data services worldwide, helping them generate revenues faster while minimizing operational and capital expenditures. Universal Access combines its unique and powerful database that provides a birds-eye view of virtually every major supplier's network and its strategically positioned interconnection facilities to supply complete turnkey solutions known as UniversalNETSM solutions. UniversalNET enables service providers to quickly and more efficiently control procurement, management, billing and operations of high capacity private line circuits from multiple vendors. Universal Access is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has regional offices in Herndon, Virginia, Santa Clara, California, London, England, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
This release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements regarding the intention to accelerate provisioning times and optimize circuit routing by using UTX facilities and UIX databases. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, potential inability to complete UTX facilities on schedule or within budget, potential inability to maintain and expand UIX databases, difficulties or delays in provisioning circuits or operating UTX facilities, the fact that clients may withdraw an order with minimal liability before accepting a circuit, the difficulty of attracting new clients or increasing sales to existing clients, and the need to raise additional capital. For other risks and uncertainties applicable to the company's business refer to the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this paragraph.


Julie Lasser/Randolph Pitzer

Universal Access, Inc.


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