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HELSINKI, Finland, March 22nd 2006 – Wicom Communications, a leading European provider of all-IP contact center solutions and VoIP enterprise telephony software for fixed and wireless network environments, today announced it has achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status.

Gold Certified Partners represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies, and have the closest working relationship with Microsoft. The ISV Software Solutions competency, awarded to Wicom, is designed for technology partners with proven expertise in developing and marketing packaged software applications based on Microsoft technologies.

"Wicom's Gold Partner certification recognizes the seamless compatibility of Wicom technology with the Microsoft platform. This certification provides a strong foundation for developing advanced solutions for a wide user base," said Juha Heikkonen, ISV Partner Account Manager, Microsoft Finland.

Wicom Communications Server Suite (CSS) is an all-IP telephony and contact center solution that integrates fixed-line and mobile communications into a cost-efficient, centrally managed system. The solution allows all incoming calls, e-mails, web contacts and SMS messages to be handled quickly and efficiently through a single user interface, irrespective of user location.

"The achievement of Microsoft's highest partner level is testimony to the advanced capabilities of our software, as well as its compliance to extremely high compatibility and quality standards. Our close partnership with Microsoft provides us with further opportunities to answer the fast-growing demand for operator-independent IP telephony systems," said Jouni Purontaus, Founder and CTO, Wicom Communications.

Wicom CSS software is used by approximately 200 companies in 18 countries. Gartner Inc. has ranked Wicom a visionary in its field, while in September 2005, Frost & Sullivan presented Wicom with the Technology Leadership Award in the field of IP telephony for the company's contributions to standards-based IP/VoIP communication solutions in Europe.

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For more information, please contact:

GBC Public Relations
Funda Cizgenakad
Tel: +44 20 8322 1922
Email: Fundac@gbc.co.uk

Microsoft Finland
Juha Heikkonen
ISV Partner Account Manager
+358 9 525 501
juha.heikkonen@microsoft.com


About Wicom
Wicom Communications is a leading European provider of all-IP contact center and VoIP enterprise telephony software for fixed and wireless network environments. With Wicom software, voice and data traffic, information systems and databases are combined into a centrally managed system. The system allows unified queuing, prioritizing and routing of all contacts including telephone, e-mail, fax, voicemails, web contacts and SMS. Currently used in 18 countries with some 200 client organizations, Wicom technology is available through selected partners throughout Europe. Gartner Inc. has ranked Wicom in the "visionaries" quadrant of its reports titled "Contact Center Infrastructure Magic Quadrant - EMEA Region" for three consecutive years. In September 2005, Frost & Sullivan presented Wicom with the Technology Leadership Award in the field of IP telephony for the company's contributions to standards-based IP/VoIP communication solutions in Europe. For more information, please visit
www.wicom.com.

About the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program
Microsoft Gold Certified Partners represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies, and have the closest working relationship with Microsoft. The ISV Software Solutions competency is designed for technology partners with proven expertise in developing and marketing packaged software applications based on Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified Partners who qualify for this category have a proven history and skill set to architect, design, and plan for enterprise deployments utilising Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 software. For more information about Microsoft Certification programs visit: http://www.microsoft.com/partner/



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