XConnect announced the establishment of an additional Voice over IP (VoIP) exchange on an Internet Protocol (IP) peering point in South Africa.
In a press statement issued today (11 July 2012), XConnect said that the exchange was established in collaboration with NAPAfrica, a free public peering facility. “Service providers will now be able to directly exchange IP voice and multimedia traffic,” XConnect said.
Operators in South Africa and Africa will be able to securely and multilaterally interconnect to multiple networks via a single IP connection, supporting the interworking and interoperability of IP voice and multimedia services, such as High-Definition Voice, video and Unified Communications (UC).
XConnect said that it currently operates other national federations in Germany, North America, Europe, and Asia.
“This is an exciting first for NAPAfrica and has significant benefits for operators as it will reduce the technical complexity and commercial and operational costs of NGN interconnection, allowing for migration from bilateral, legacy-network TDM interconnects to IP,” said Lex van Wyk, managing director of Teraco in South Africa.
XConnect South Africa CEO, Christopher Geerdts said that voice transit from one VoIP provider to another can cost anything from 5 to 10 cents per minute.
“However, as a promotional offer to mark this important connectivity milestone, members connecting on NAP Africa will only pay 1.2c transit to each other, for their first full year of membership,” Geerdts said.