BT employs GENBAND for its IP interconnect expansion effort
BT (NYSE: BT) on Monday named GENBAND's Smart Edge IP Exchange solution as its product of choice to expand the reach of its Global IP Interconnect (GIPX) services to wholesale customers across Asia and the Americas region.
By using GENBAND's platform, BT said it will be able to reduce voice and data transport costs in addition to improving voice service quality.
For this latest project, BT will deploy GENBAND's solutions in two new network hubs located in Singapore and Miami to deliver SIP-based IP interconnect services for its global Tier 1 and Tier 2 wholesale service provider customers.
GENBAND's Smart Edge IP Exchanges solutions include its session border controller, GENView Real-Time Session Manager (RSM), G9Converged Gateways and C3 Call Session Controllers.
BT's GIPX is a large piece of the telco's global wholesale portfolio, providing services support 290 service providers globally.
While not revealing any specific markets, BT said that the new hubs in Singapore and Miami are part of a broader expansion strategy to bring interconnect services closer to the markets it serves.
While BT reported that overall wholesale revenues declined 3 percent to £890 million ($1.4 billion) in Q3 2012, IP Exchange continues to be a big seller. During the quarter, IP Exchange voice minutes increased by 80 percent. The service provider said it expects "revenue from IP Exchange in BT Wholesale and BT Global Services to be around £100 million ($157.3 million) this year."
This latest buildout follows a previous agreement GENBAND struck with BT last February where it was tasked with enhancing the telco's Global IP Interconnect service for its UK and global wholesale service set. At that time, BT deployed GENBAND's S3TM Intelligent Session Border Controllers, G9TM Converged Media Gateways and C3TM Gateway Controllers providing access to the PSTN while ensuring secure IP interconnects and enabling transcoding.
GENBAND continues to up its profile in the growing VoIP and IMS market segments, taking the number three spot in Infonetics' Q4 2012 and year-end Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers report. After three years of annual declines, Infonetics said that strong IMS sales drove up growth for Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), GENBAND and Huawei.
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