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[September 21, 2005]

Koc.net Chooses NetCentrex for Enhanced VoIP

By DAVID R. BUTCHER, Assistant Editor, Customer Interaction Solutions


Announced today, Turkish Internet service provider Koc.net has chosen to deploy NetCentrexs CCS Softswitch platform in its network for residential and corporate VoIP services.

NetCentrex, a developer of converged voice/video/data networks and next-generation services, currently has more than two million VoIP lines in commercial service.

We will be able to create cost-effective and feature-rich new generation IP-based communications services which will significantly increase our ARPU (Average Revenue per User), said Mehmet Ali Akarca, general manager/director of Koc.net, in the companys announcement.

Koc.net, which focuses on new revenue-generating IP services, will use the NetCentrex platform in its IP network as part of a project to create innovative VoIP services for residential and corporate markets. The company chose the NetCentrex solution from a shortlist of leading IP technology suppliers because it met all of the companys requirements regarding redundancy and scalability.

The Turkish Internet service provider, a subsidiary of the Koc Group, will be able to take full advantage of market liberalization and create a competitive offer by rapidly deploying IP-based services. These services will add voice to their existing data services portfolio. The voice capability will create a richer service offer that enables the company to extend current subscriptions and attract new customers, according to Ahmed Bouna, MEA sales director at NetCentrex, in a company announcement.

A third requirement that influenced Koc.nets decision making was that of easy integration with existing infrastructure and voice features.

NetCentrex expertise in deploying VoIP networks and next-generation voice/video solutions, combined with the solutions compatibility for our Cisco IP Network technologies, will provide a proven high-end platform which enables us to accelerate the delivery of revenue-generating services and optimize our network infrastructure, Akarca further said.

Koc.net, founded in 1996, became an independent company five years ago and decided to expand its network to develop its corporate services. The company created a secure Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone capable of running commercial applications that enterprise customers require. Koc.net now has 900 enterprise-leased lines connected to the network and nearly 40,000 dial-up users.

In adding converged revenue-generating VoIP services to broadband Internet access and data services, Koc.net intends to optimize customer communications costs without requiring a change of end-user habits or equipment, representing an ideal initial offering in Koc.nets VoIP solution portfolio.

Founded in 1998, NetCentrexs next-generation network voice and video solutions enable the delivery of voice/video/data and fixed-mobile converged services for consumer and enterprise markets. Solutions include IP telephony, video telephony, Triple Play, IP Centrex, voice/video VPN, contact center and IVR services all of which are built on the same IMS-compliant infrastructure that includes an application softswitch, media services, provisioning and management.

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David R. Butcher is Assistant Editor of Customer Interaction Solutions. To see more articles by David Butcher, visit his archive.

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