The XConnect Global Alliance has introduced a range of enhancements to its VoIP and Next Generation Network (NGN). XConnect is a worldwide ENUM-based IP-peering federation; the peering network developed by the Alliance members allows VoIP service providers to bypass the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
The Global Alliance’s new features add flexibility to XConnect’s core NGN-peering offering, the group said, by enabling service providers to interconnect with partners they select under the settlement and use policy terms they choose. Service providers connect to the Global Alliance via managed private or public IP.
Features announced are:
- Private Alliance – an option that allows service providers to create or join peering communities with a subset of other Global Alliance members. The members will make their own policies regarding settlement, ENUM data sharing, types of traffic exchanged, and signaling and media security settings.
- The Global Alliance Community Web portal – a site containing the tools for finding peering partners based on their location, business type and service features supported, and for creating and controlling all aspects of peering policy on a peer-by-peer basis. The portal also offers access to real-time traffic statistics, market intelligence, forums, member messaging and networking tools.
- Free Alliance – an option that allows service providers to exchange voice and multimedia traffic settlement-free, thereby extending the benefits of on-net calling to millions of IP end users worldwide.
- Web 2.0 and Voice over Instant Messaging (VoIM) Peering – an option for service providers to extend subscribers’ free-call reach by peering with IM communities, such as Google Talk.
Eli Katz, CEO and founder of XConnect, said: “Service providers realize end-to-end IP communication not only allows significant transit savings and improved quality of service, but also promotes mass-market adoption of new services like high-definition voice and video, IM and presence. The Global Alliance lets service providers replace tangles of peering arrangements with a neutral, trusted and secure third-party hub that links one to many and provides interworking, security and complex numbering management.”