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Posted by Clement Teo on October 29, 2012
For hosted voice service providers and mobile network and fixed-line operators, BT’s launch of a major global IP exchange (GIPX) hub in Singapore could be good news. Set up to meet the demand for growing traffic over its IP Exchange platform, this is the third announcement I’ve seen from telcos in this region in the space of two months — the others being Telstra Global Services and Tata Communications.
BT’s wholesale service enables communications providers to connect VoIP to VoIP and VoIP to traditional voice calls, and runs over its MPLS network — i.e., a private IP network.
I spoke with Beatriz Butsana-Sita, managing director of BT Global Services and Global Telecom Markets, who explained that delivering the GIPX service closer to BT’s wholesale customers in this region serves to minimize their cost to interconnect to BT’s clearinghouse. “GIPX also provides an opening into BT’s platform for advanced IP services that we continue to invest in,” she said.
The telco is also working on a number of developments to further expand the service, such as the ability to support mobile 4G and provide video interoperability between different devices and networks.
The BT GIPX Singapore hub:
What It Means
BT’s GIPX services currently support 290 customers of communications providers and BT adds about 10 new global customers each month.
The bottom line: As mentioned, there are competitive IPX services in the region, such as Telstra and Tata. If you’re delivering a large volume of voice minutes but are challenged by price erosion, it might make sense to let more efficient players provide clearinghouse/IPX services while you focus on marketing higher-quality voice calls and data traffic.