Telenor announced today that, together with Vodafone, it has set a new global IPX benchmark with five separate services running live across a single IPX interconnect. The initial 4G signaling service launched in 2014, has been expanded to now include 2G/3G signaling, direct voice, data roaming services, and finally SMS traffic all interconnected via the joint IPX capabilities…
Telenor announced today that, together with Vodafone, it has set a new global IPX benchmark with five separate services running live across a single IPX interconnect. The initial 4G signaling service launched in 2014, has been expanded to now include 2G/3G signaling, direct voice, data roaming services, and finally SMS traffic all interconnected via the joint IPX capabilities.
IPX creates a high quality, highly secure ecosystem to support a commercially sustainable transition to IP. Mobile, fixed and cable operators, over-the-top players (OTT), content and application service providers can all use the same system architecture to bring new services to market quicker more competitively and with guaranteed quality. It allows multiple services to be delivered over existing, privately managed IP/MPLS networks, via a single connection.
“Both Telenor and Vodafone are leading players in rolling out 4G in their local markets. This direct IPX interconnect between our mobile groups secures a high service quality with a roam like home customer experience for all Telenor and Vodafone subscribers. We are constantly challenged by changes in our industry and such partnerships enable mobile groups to adopt new technologies and services, says Ronny Johnsen, CMO of Global Wholesale, the international wholesale unit of Telenor.
At present, 4G services are evolving at a rapid pace and this partnership secures increased 4G data roaming today. In addition, over 460+ million Vodafone and over 200 million Telenor subscribers benefit from improved quality, because all services are directly exchanged between the companies. The IPX interconnect is essential to deliver VoLTE interworking and VoLTE roaming end to end.
Fred Schepens, SVP Voice at Vodafone Carrier Services, said: “Vodafone Carrier Services through this strategic partnership with Telenor is proving our commitment to delivering for our customers, who are increasingly demanding greater speed, quality, security and reach. Telenor was one of the first carriers to understand and embrace the opportunities that multiple services delivered via a single connection gives. The expectation of our partners is to receive easy to use, integrated, reliable, secure, and high quality services, which make a positive impact to their businesses. ”
Telenor and Vodafone have developed their IPX platforms in full compliance with GSMA and i3Forum IPX guidelines, which is critical to secure full interoperability on all current and future services.
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