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July 21, 2010

XConnect Makes for Better Communications through Peering, ENUM

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Web Editor

XConnect (News - Alert) – a provider of next-generation interconnection and carrier ENUM-registry services – enables fixed, mobile and Web 2.0 communication service providers to deploy multimedia IP communications on a cross-network basis.

Peering is an interconnection of separate Internet networks to exchange traffic between customers of each network.

XConnect provides ENUM and peering services to over 100 communication service providers in more than 20 countries. Customers include major MSOs, PTTs, carriers and mobile operators.

Headquartered in London with offices and facilities in the USA, Europe and Asia, XConnect operates the largest worldwide ENUM-based IP-peering federation, the Global Alliance and the world's first national VoIP/NGN interconnection federations, in the Netherlands, Korea and South Africa.

In a recent interview with TMCnet, Mark Benisz, vice president of the Americas for XConnect, says the company is international, with a lot of emphasis on the countries located in Europe and Asia.

He adds that comparatively, in the United States, not every company is ready to start peering – because of various disincentives.

“In general, carriers are just starting to aggressively peer,” Benisz said.

He adds that the company is able to offer customers significant value, along with the opportunity not having to sign multiple contracts.

So far, video peering has not yet taken off in a big way for the industry, but that could change. “Lately, there’s been some interest. We’ve been involved in some trials,” Benisz said about video. “It’s a very nascent product and demand. … There’s no huge demand for that in the United States. I expect, that, among our customers, to increase.”

Looking forward there are a few other key trends for XConnect.

HD Voice is really starting to take off. “We’re pushing that aggressively,” Benisz said.

“We’re definitely going to see the registry business on the uptake,” Benisz added. “In general, the carriers want to see some kind of peering but also are realizing they cannot do it on their own.”

Earlier this year, XConnect announced availability of the first IP eXchange platform to offer integration with PathFinder, GSMA's (News - Alert) Number Translation Service, enabling interoperability and convergence between fixed and mobile networks.

A suite of IPX services is available within XConnect's national federation in North America, Korea, Europe and South Africa, as well as accessible from XConnect's presence globally.

Based on standards and specifications developed by the GSMA, the XConnect IPX platform enables network operators to optimize routing and signaling, and deliver new IP services via a secure, managed IP connection with support for multiple commercial models, the company said.

The XConnect platform also offers a global IPX hub with such benefits as:

• Support of multiple services – voice, data and signaling – over a single IP connection underpinned by policy control between network operators.

• Improved voice quality and support for higher-value multimedia services, such as high-definition voice and video, on a cross-network basis.

• Full integration with the GSMA's PathFinder Service through the existing XConnect SuperQuery capability.

• Highly-available, globally-distributed carrier ENUM registry deployments, on both a local and hosted basis.

• Reduction of expenses, transit charges, and resource requirements for managing peering relationships and maintaining network connectivity.

To watch a video interview click below.

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