PCCW Global and Middle Eastern powerhouse Etisalat Group have signed a group framework agreement (GFA) for voice interconnection.
The wholesale deal will give Etisalat access to PCCW Global’s international IPX network capability for the delivery of voice and mobile data services to more than 50 destinations over a private and managed IP network.
Etisalat Group operations will have direct access to PCCW Global routes into countries around the world, via an extensive transmission network that combines MPLS, IPL, terrestrial and satellite links as well as PCCW Global’s 50-plus IPX interconnections. The solution also features end-to-end compression and remote regional switching dedicated to keeping regional traffic within the region.
“This agreement will reinforce our already strong relations with Etisalat by putting more focus on Etisalat’s African and Asian operations while demonstrating our determination to turn customers’ business goals into reality through communications technology,” said Emmanuel Bain, PCCW Global’s vice president for voice services in Middle East and Africa. In this regard, our IPX platform enables development and global delivery of new generation IP-based services such as our HD video calling service, with guaranteed levels of interoperability.”
He added, “PCCW Global serves MNOs with the genuine end-to-end value of IPX over a private and managed IP network, unlike some carriers which use Internet or international long distance links to access IPX platforms.”