XConnect Reports Huge Growth in Revenue and Traffic for 2010
Evolution to Multimedia IP Services Such as HD Voice and Video Triggers Rise in Operators, Federations, Interconnect Hub Traffic and ENUM Directory Queries
Reflecting this growth, the company said it acquired 42 new service-provider customers across the globe, and it experienced a 161-percent increase from 2009 in the number of queries to its ENUM registry from operators seeking to interconnect voice, video, data, messaging and multimedia communications sessions.
"2010 was a key year for IP communications," said XConnect CEO Eli Katz. "We are now witnessing the real commercial deployments of multimedia IP communications, including video calling and high-definition voice. For this evolution to trigger mass-market adoption, there is one key requirement: cross-network capability with full multimedia IP interconnect and interoperability. This is exactly what we do, enabling operators to maximize usage and opportunities for revenue and margin growth from these new services."
"We are enjoying sustained growth with our Interconnect 2.0 and ENUM-registry services that enable operators to shift from traditional PSTN to IP communications," said Katz. "We are also leading the way, on a global basis, in helping service providers take advantage of new opportunities, such as HD voice and video."
Katz added, "Our 2010 results demonstrate that fixed, Web 2.0 and pure-play service providers increasingly are turning to XConnect as a single trusted, neutral provider in deploying cross-network innovative multimedia services."
In addition to the overall migration to IP, Katz listed several specific contributors to XConnect's success, involving trends he expects to accelerate this year:
Rising adoption of new IP-based services that require cross-network interconnection. "More and more operators are introducing new services, and if they are not offering them yet, you can be sure they have them on their road maps," Katz said. "Last year was the year HD voice took off, and our launch of the world's first HD voice federation capitalized on that heightened interest. 2011 will be the breakthrough year for interconnected video calling - a trend we are looking to help drive."
Expanding activity involving XConnect's national federations. Last year saw introduction of a federation for South Africa, as well as growing use of the company's previously-established national federations. Katz said XConnect expects to create additional national or regional federations in 2011.
Increasing recognition and adoption of ENUM as the preferred means for efficient number discovery and call routing. Katz cited interoperability between XConnect Registry Services and the GSMA's PathFinder number translation service as evidence of this trend.
Pointing to a new growth driver for 2011, Katz said, "Beyond the original purpose of interconnecting service providers, we are seeing and pursuing emerging potential for our Interconnect 2.0 services in the enterprise environment, supported by moves toward enterprise federation by the leading unified communications vendors."
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The global leader in network peering, XConnect is trusted by IP-based service providers in 20 countries to offer a suite of Interconnect 2.0 services, including carrier ENUM-registry and next-generation multimedia interconnection hub solutions. London-based XConnect offers the most comprehensive and reliable solutions to help service providers deliver rich multimedia IP communications across networks while reducing costs and improving service quality. Backed by Tier 1 venture capital firms, XConnect operates the largest worldwide ENUM-based IP-peering federation, the Global Alliance, and the world's first national VoIP/NGN interconnection federations, in the Netherlands, Korea and South Africa. For more information, please visit www.xconnect.net.