peering company VoEX Inc. continues to build out its global managed network. The company announced recently that it has extended the network into three of the world’s largest interconnection hubs, 60 Hudson in New York, Equinix in Chicago, and Telehouse in London, using switching solutions from Sonus Networks (News - Alert). Through these new connections, VoEX’s peering customers and partners will have access to tens of millions of wireless and wireline, VoIP- and TDM-based telephony end points.
These new “SuperPOPs” (points of presence) will enable participating carriers to exchange, or peer, their voice traffic for mutual gain. Advantages include greatly reduced cost for transport (as the PSTN and Internet are completely bypassed); improved signal quality (all communications are end-to-end IP
); better security (similar to a private dedicated network, or VPN); and the ability to deliver advanced calling features such as calendaring, presence, collaboration and multiplayer gaming. Participating carriers will also gain the opportunity to map their subscribers’ phone numbers to IP addressed endpoints using VoEX’s growing ENUM-based SuperRegistry.
Carriers and service providers making use of VoEX’s network include BT Wholesale, Level3, Telia Sonera, Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom (News - Alert), Global Crossing, MCI Worldcom and many others.
VoIP peering is becoming increasingly popular among medium to large enterprises as a method for connecting regional offices which are spread out all over the globe. Companies can save big bucks on communications costs because they can avoid PSTN
hops resulting from inter-office calls - as well as long distance calls) between far-flung locations (including other IP communications, such as video conferencing, and app exchanges). Peering also enables companies to easily deliver, or “push,” all of the functionality of the company IP PBX
across the network. That means an employee in a remote office can have all the features the IP PBX (News - Alert) at headquarters delivers – such as access to internal directories; three or four digit extension dialing; presence; and “find me, follow me” call forwarding – even though the IP PBX itself is hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Sonus Networks’ IP switches can perform any-to-any transcoding between protocols and act as gateways between TDM
and IP. These highly scalable and reliable switches also query the VoEX SuperRegistry database to route calls along the most cost-effective path.
For more information, visit www.voex.com.
Patrick Barnard is Assignment Editor for TMCnet and a columnist covering the telecom industry. To see more of his articles, please visit Patrick Barnard’s columnist page.