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Etisalat, Aicent sign IPX peering agreement


Etisalat, one of the leading telecom operators in the Middle East and Africa, has announced an agreement with Aicent connecting to the global multi-service Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) for seamless connection for voice and mobile data services.

The deal allow subscribers to roam seamlessly between international operator networks while enjoying high quality voice and mobile data services, the two companies said.

The partnership will enable Etisalat and Aicent to get access to a larger number of global mobile operators. The agreement also allows operators to quickly launch next generation services via a single connection to Aicent and Etisalat’s community of mobile networks across global markets.

Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale, Etisalat said: “We are pleased to be entering an agreement with Aicent that will benefit both companies with combined multiservice IPX offerings enhancing our respective customers mobile roaming experience.

Etisalat SmartHub IPX is a strategic addition to the Etisalat SmartHub portfolio enhancing the role of the mobile phone company as a global communication hub. Operators joining the SmartHub IPX will have access to the Aicent community and vice versa, providing a single point of interconnect, the operator said.

With the global and rapid adoption of LTE networks throughout the world, the market is witnessing a sharp increase in the development of mobile devices supporting all-IP services.

Shu Gan, Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development and Global Sales, Aicent said: “The continued growth of application based mobile services has also increased the demand for IPX interconnections as more and more network operators recognize its importance as an efficient multiservice platform to deliver high quality voice and mobile data services. As one of the largest mobile service provider in the Middle East, this agreement with Etisalat will allow Aicent to reach a growing base of mobile subscribers.”

Aicent’s market leading IPX allows network operators and service providers to offer their customers IP-based voice, data and video services on 3G and 4G networks traversing multiple operators in a highly controlled, secure and profitable manner, all with guaranteed QoS.

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