XConnect announced it has launched the global Video Interconnection Exchange
(VIE), the world’s first neutral federation for exchanging video calls across
networks, operators, service providers, B2B exchanges and vendors.
With multiple applications, services and platforms, video communications is a
thriving but fragmented community. VIE will resolve interoperability and
interconnection challenges by enabling secure, scalable and multi-protocol
interworking between disparate video communities, exchanges, networks and
devices. VIE will make video calling as easy as making a voice call whether using a
laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone from anywhere in the world.
By connecting video “islands,” VIE will dramatically accelerate
worldwide mass-market adoption of video calling and conferencing by service
providers, enterprises and consumers.
VIE launches with five operators, based in the United States and EMEA. Members
include telepresence providers, as well as fixed, mobile and Web 2.0 video
Through one connection to VIE, video-enabled operators will gain immediate
multilateral interconnection to each other, with full configurability, control
Video-enabled operators will significantly boost their video reach globally,
leading to an increase in end-user video usage. This increase will help drive
revenue and margin growth, delivering competitive advantage and faster customer
XConnect’s secure and scalable Interconnect
2.0 services enable next-generation interconnection that supports end-to-end IP
sessions. The company uses its advanced ENUM registry technology and provides
interworking and transcoding to assure preservation of video sessions. VIE will
reduce the cost and operational overhead of interconnecting video services
across networks, vendors and platforms.
“Whether users are at home, in the office or on the go with their
smartphones or tablets, global demand for video calling is exploding,”
said Eli Katz CEO, XConnect. However, today, video services are confined
to separate islands, limiting video calling to users within an operator, vendor
or platform video community.
“The lack of interconnection between video islands hinders mass adoption
of video communications. XConnect’s VIE is a scalable, secure and policy-based
video-interconnection service from a proven, trusted and neutral
interconnection partner,” Katz added.
“Telio is very excited to be a member of XConnect’s Video Interconnection
Exchange. Having already successfully launched video calling, back in 2007, we
are now moving to the next level by joining VIE. This will enable us to offer
global, cross-network video calling to our customers, by removing the technical
burden and challenges of interworking with other video-enabled networks,”
said Alan Duric, CTO, Telio.
“In our view, a technology-neutral platform for enabling high quality,
secure cross-network communications services would go a long way toward
encouraging usage of new IP services. Removing the interconnection constraints
of legacy networks will lead to greater and optimised availability and usage of
value-added services, such as high-quality cross-network video calling,”
said Andrew Kitson, senior ICT research analyst, Business Monitor
By Telecomlead.com Team