Company Builds on IP Leadership and MPLS Capabilities to Provide Universal IP Interconnect Platform with Security, Quality of Service, and Cascading Payments
GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, SPAIN – 02/15/2010 – iBasis, a KPN company, today announced the availability of the iBasis IP Exchange (IPX), a next-generation global network that combines the innovation, flexibility and efficiency of IP with the security, quality and reliability of TDM.
The iBasis IPX builds on the company’s more than 13 years of industry-leading experience in Voice over IP, its success in the GSMA IPX trials, and the successful migration to IP of its bilateral traffic with carriers such as Telecom Italia, which is consistent with the IPX model. The iBasis IPX enables mobile and fixed network operators to efficiently roll out converged voice and data services over a secure, managed IP backbone with assured end-to-end quality of service and support for cascading payments. As a KPN company, iBasis is leveraging the KPN International MPLS capabilities and reach of 180 countries to provide global access to the iBasis IPX.
“iBasis has a long history of innovation and leadership in IP, including being among the first to complete successful IPX trials with the GSMA and to migrate bilateral voice traffic to IP,” said John van Vianen, iBasis CEO. “We are building on that experience while exploring new ways to harness the power of IP to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and expand their business profitably. The IPX solution we are providing today addresses the immediate demand for a more efficient international interconnect and transport solution for voice and data, while facilitating operators longer term service and architecture strategies, including LTE.”
IPX represents a new, GSMA-defined communications ecosystem for fixed and mobile operators, one that supports multiple services — voice, data and signaling — over a single IP connection and provides many other benefits, including:
- Enhanced Voice Quality: made possible by reducing the number of TDM transcodings and using direct termination interconnects;
- Capital and Operating Expense Savings: IP interconnects are more cost effective, more flexible, faster to install and require fewer resources for network maintenance and development as multiple services can be provisioned across a single service-aware IPX interconnect;
- Higher-Quality Services: Service Level Agreements between providers ensure consistent service-specific quality, and new quality enhancements, such as high definition voice codecs, can be more easily implemented across service providers, resulting in higher value services;
- Cascaded Billing and Payments: the IPX provider will charge based on the specific service across downstream IPXs and service providers.
The iBasis IPX is physically and logically separate from the public Internet, ensuring security, and covers 180 countries worldwide. Quality of Service is determined on a per-application basis according to four classes of service ranging from Real-Time, with the highest possible guarantees on throughput and latency, to Best Effort, for delay-tolerant and bursty applications. While iBasis supports multiple services and connection types, the company expects initial demand for IPX service to be focused on migrating international voice traffic, including bilaterals, to IP. iBasis recently migrated its bilateral with Telecom Italia-Sparkle to managed IP via SIP-I, a configuration that it views as a component of the IPX solution.
The iBasis IPX offers Premium Voice service over IPX, including fax support to all destinations, guaranteed support of Roaming and end-to-end CLI delivery to all destinations, as well as ISUP V2 signaling transparency (via SIP-I) and support for Originally Called Number (OCN) and Re-Directing Number (RDN).
Consistent with GSMA guidelines, the iBasis IPX supports multiple business models, including the traditional Transit Fee/Termination Rate model common in wholesale international voice exchange; the Bilateral-transport model, which provides IP transport without service awareness; and the Multilateral service-aware hubbing model, which provides access to many connections via a single contract and IPX interconnection, as well as cascaded payments
Basis is an active contributor to industry efforts to develop guidelines for IP Interconnects and IPX. The company is a founding member of the IP Interworking Alliance (IPIA) and a member of the i3 Forum, both independent associations of communications service providers committed to developing guidelines and specifications for next generation interconnect networks and services. iBasis will host the GSMA IWG meeting in Boston June 15 16.
Founded in 1996, 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 mobile operators, as well as outsourcing services for many of the worlds largest fixed and mobile operators and VoBB service providers. In December 2009 iBasis became a wholly-owned subsidiary of KPN. iBasis customers include KPN, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, BASE, TDC and many other large telecommunications carriers such as Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, IDT, Qwest, Skype, Telecom Italia, and Telefonica. 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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