Vodafone and Telenor partner to deliver multi-service IPX

Vodafone has announced it has set up a new global IPX benchmark, in partnership with Telenor, running four separate live services across a single IPX interconnect. The initial 4G signaling service, launched in 2014, has been expanded to now include 2G/3G signaling, direct voice and SMS traffic, all interconnected via joint IPX capabilities.

IPX is said to provide a high-quality, highly-secure ecosystem to support a commercially sustainable transition to IP. Mobile, fixed and cable operators, over-the-top players (OTTs), content and application service providers can all use the same system architecture to bring new services to market quickly, more competitively and with guaranteed quality. 

IPX allows multiple services to be delivered over existing, privately managed IP/MPLS networks via a single connection.

Ronny Johnsen, CMO of Global Wholesale, the international wholesale unit of Telenor said: “Both Telenor and Vodafone are leading players in rolling out 4G across local markets. This direct IPX interconnect between us secures a high service quality with a ‘roam-like-home’ customer experience for all Telenor and Vodafone subscribers. We are constantly challenged by changes in our industry and such partnerships enable mobile groups to adopt new technologies and services.”  

Vodafone Carrier Services senior vice president for voice Fred Schepens said: “Through this strategic partnership with Telenor, Vodafone Carrier Services is proving our commitment to delivering greater speed, quality, security and reach for our customers. Telenor was one of the first carriers to understand and embrace the opportunities from multiple services delivered via a single connection. Our customers expect easy to use, integrated, reliable, secure, and high quality services, which make a positive impact on their businesses.”

Because the services are directly exchanged between the companies more than 460m Vodafone and 200m Telenor subscribers benefit from improved quality, The IPX interconnect is essential to deliver VoLTE interworking and VoLTE roaming end to end. 

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