Aicent: Etisalat SmartHub and Aicent Sign IPX Peering Agreement
Leading IPX providers interconnect networks to offer a seamless LTE Roaming Experience
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 03 March, 2014 – Etisalat, one of the leading telecom operators in the Middle East and Africa, today announced an agreement with Aicent connecting their leading global multi-service IPX’s allowing subscribers to roam seamlessly between international operator networks while enjoying high quality voice and mobile data services.
The partnership will enable Etisalat and Aicent to access 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 our role 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.”
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.
Founded in 2000, Aicent, Inc., a TL9000 certified organization, is the world’s largest multi-service IPX provider of data network services and solutions connecting to over 200 global mobile operators, including ten of the worlds’ largest. Through extensive partnerships and peering arrangements, Aicent’s network reaches all 2G, 3G and 4G operators, including more than 60 mobile operators for LTE roaming, around the world allowing mobile subscribers to roam seamlessly between international operator networks. The company’s roaming hub supports integrated mobile messaging and value added services such as Roaming Intelligence Suite and roaming control solutions, designed to help carriers maximize roaming and inter-carrier service revenue and profitability. For more information, visit www.aicent.com.
Etisalat’s Smarthub is the region’s largest capacity, content, internet and data hub in the Middle East. Smarthub includes the Middle East’s first IPX for mobile operators and includes the region’s largest portfolio of internet content. Smarthub has made significant strategic partners this year such as AMSix, Epsilon, Equinix, PCCW Global, SAP, China Telecom and Tata Communications among others. Smarthub also became the region’s largest hosted content delivery network (CDN) due to new partnerships with Limelight, Level3, and CDN networks. This is in addition to our already robust content portfolio (Akamai, Microsoft, Yahoo! and the world’s largest search and video provider). Connectivity to Smarthub is provided through a robust and diverse infrastructure of both regional and intercontinental cable systems managed by Etisalat’s Carrier & Wholesale Services www.etisalat.ae/smarthub
Press release issued by Corporate Communication Department – Etisalat
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