Quality, Price and Performance Prompts Rapidly Growing Qatari Mobile Operator to Select iBasis’ Premium Voice Service
BURLINGTON, Mass – 03/30/2011 – iBasis, a KPN company, today announced that Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. (Vodafone Qatar) has interconnected to the iBasis global network for the exchange of international mobile phone calls. The move enables Vodafone Qatar to cost-effectively keep pace with rapid growth and provide customers with quality service, while enhancing iBasis ability to terminate calls to the Middle East region.
Established less than two years ago, Vodafone Qatar has in excess of 711,000 customers and carries more than 5 million minutes of international calls each day, leading analysts at Wireless Intelligence to forecast the operators market share to be 40 percent by 2012. Vodafone selected iBasis due to its service quality, product capabilities, pricing, and its successful relationships with the Vodafone Group and several other Vodafone operating companies around the world.
Vodafone Qatar is taking advantage of iBasis Premium Voice, a service that provides high-quality international calling, advanced features and global reach through a single connection. Advanced features include guaranteed transfer of CLI, support for international voice traffic on roaming number ranges (MSRN) to all mobile destinations, fax, ISDN data and ISUPv2. Vodafone Qatar joins more than 250 mobile network operators (MNOs) that are interconnected to iBasis for exchange of international voice and/or data.
iBasis Premium Voice enables operators to deliver the highest quality international service even as they rapidly expand a particularly important capability for Vodafone Qatar considering it averaged more than 1,200 new customers per day last quarter, said Willem Offerhaus, CEO of iBasis. iBasis and many Vodafone operating companies have long enjoyed mutually beneficial partnerships. And as MNOs seek cost-efficient ways to meet increased demand via new IP interconnect models, such as the GSMAs IPX, iBasis is ready to provide the most effective, advanced solutions available.
We have achieved tremendous growth in a short period of time by focusing on the quality and capacity of our network, said Jenny Howe, Director of Technology of Vodafone Qatar. iBasis shares a similar commitment and enjoys a proven reputation. Its global reach, along with the features provided by its Premium Voice product and competitive prices, enable us to cost-effectively adapt to future capacity needs, while ensuring that the quality of our service remains superior.
Vodafone Qatars network provides clear mobile communications throughout the country. The operator has 100 percent 2G coverage across all of Qatar, and has deployed the latest available 3G technology, UMTS 2100 and 900, resulting in 3G coverage that serves 98 percent of the population.
A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading wholesale carrier of international long distance telephone calls and a provider of retail prepaid calling services and enhanced services for mobile operators. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice termination services, value-added messaging, signaling and roaming services for many of the worlds largest fixed and mobile operators and VoBB service providers. iBasis customers include KPN and its mobile operators, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, and BASE, and many other large telecommunications carriers such as Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, IDT, Qwest, Skype, TDC, Telecom Italia, and Telefnica. The company can be reached at its worldwide headquarters in Burlington, Mass., USA at +1 781-505-7500 or on the Internet at www.ibasis.com.
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