Voice and multimedia peering now enabled via XConnect at NAPAfrica
XConnect, the leader in federation-based IP, today announced the establishment of an additional VoIP exchange on an IP peering point in South Africa. In collaboration with NAPAfrica, South Africa's first open and free public peering facility, service providers will now be able to directly exchange IP voice and multimedia traffic.
Operators in South Africa and Africa will be able to securely and multilaterally interconnect to multiple networks via a single IP connection, supporting the interworking and interoperability of IP voice and multimedia services, such as High-Definition Voice, video and Unified Communications (UC). XConnect currently operates other national federations in Germany, North America, Europe, and Asia.
Lex van Wyk, Managing Director of Teraco in South Africa says, "This is an exciting first for NAPAfrica and has significant benefits for operators as it will reduce the technical complexity and commercial and operational costs of NGN interconnection, allowing for migration from bilateral, legacy-network TDM interconnects to IP."
"Voice transit from one VoIP provider to another can cost anything from 5 to 10 cents per minute. However, as a promotional offer to mark this important connectivity milestone, members connecting on NAP Africa will only pay 1.2c transit to each other, for their first full year of membership", says XConnect South Africa CEO, Christopher Geerdts. "We are enabling operators to make calls on IP voice and new multimedia services across each other's networks, with quality improvements and significant cost savings. This will ensure South Africa benefits more richly from the rapid global evolution to IP-based unified communications."
For more information on the VoIP federation in South Africa please contact XConnect on +27 (0) 11 321 0223.
The global leader in network peering, XConnect is trusted by IP-based service providers in 30 countries to offer a suite of Interconnect 2.0 services, including next-generation multimedia interconnection hub and carrier ENUM-registry solutions for voice and video. London-based XConnect offers the most comprehensive and reliable solutions to help service providers deliver rich multimedia IP communications across networks while reducing costs and improving service quality. XConnect operates the largest worldwide ENUM-based IP-peering federation, the Global Alliance, and the world's first national VoIP/NGN interconnection federations. XConnect launched South Africa's peering Federation in 2010. For more information, please visit www.xconnect.net.
About Teraco Data Environments
Founded in 2008, Teraco is Africa's only vendor neutral data centre colocation operator. Teraco builds and operates its colocation data centres for the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and cooling demands of today's high-density cloud server computing environments backed by a 99.999% uptime guarantee. Client equipment and data centre environmental parameters are monitored 24x7 by Teraco's Control Centre, staffed by specialists versed in all aspects of IT and colocation facility management. Teraco has grown to include three state-of-the-art co-location data centres in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg and is also home to NAPAfrica, a neutral layer two Internet peering exchange (IX) point. www.teraco.co.za