British Telecom has launched a major IP Exchange hub in the United States, helping communications providers interconnect their networks for IP-based voice, data and signaling.
The hub connects the North and South America regions with the global BT IP Exchange network. It brings the functionality of the service closer to carriers, operators and their end customers’ networks.
The IP Exchange helps lower the cost of voice and data transport and improves service quality by reducing interference, BT said.
The BT Global IP Exchange service platform enables traffic carried over a host of different communications networks to be seamlessly ‘translated’ from one to the other in an electronic ‘IP clearing house’.
Thanks to the IP exchange, IP network providers, fixed telecoms operators and mobile network operators from more than 170 countries can interconnect to each other. It can carry video and data traffic across a wide range of standards and configurations.
The IP exchange supports fixed and mobile operators’ signaling and exchange requirements to allow for interworking of services with quality, security and commercial sustainability.
Beatriz Butsana-Sita, managing director, BT Global Telecom Markets, said, “The Americas node now joins the ones in Europe and Asia to offer our customers additional cost effective reach across the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.”
BT thinks the IP Exchange is a major investment for the future of its customers’ business as it creates new opportunities for them to grow.
Customers can take full advantage of high quality IP voice to thrive in rapidly advancing markets, integrating new multimedia services like High Definition voice and video across fixed and mobile networks around the world, BT said.
BT is working on a number of developments to further expand the service, such as the ability to support 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi roaming, video codec interoperability and High Definition voice transcoding.