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August 11, 2010

Codatel Networks Drives VoIP Bill Portioning with PortaSwitch VoIP Call Control

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Regionally-hosted wholesale and retail billing portioning services are now available to VoIP carriers and service providers from Codatel Networks. The Australian IP telephony and converged communications systems provider drives this capability by the PortaSwitch VoIP call control and billing platform.

In addition, the solution is hosted on an Australian infrastructure to assure carriers in the Asia-Pacific region have access to what is positioned as one of the best telecom systems on the market with no upfront capital investment. Codatel focuses on the development, marketing and support of an innovative IP telephony and multi-platform converged communications systems for a full range of carriers, from Tier One to small and mid-sized companies. A privately-owned company, Codatel also serves a wide range of retail customers and is well suited to help IP-focused telecoms to effectively compete in the Asia-Pacific region at a minimal cost.

"For virtually all new or existing telecoms in this part of the world, tapping into next-generation IP infrastructure meant going to wholesale providers in Europe or North America. Such distant solutions often introduce voice latency into customer calls—not a preferable situation by any means," said Zafer Khodr, General Manager of Codatel Networks, in a statement. "Our PortaSwitch system, positioned much closer to our carriers' intended client base, minimizes or eliminates this problem altogether."

PortaSwitch is available from communications software company PortaOne (News - Alert) and is capable of handling the complete call control and converged VoIP billing functions of a diversified digital services company. PortaSwitch also enables wholesale VoIP carriers to deliver a wide range of business models quickly and effectively. A comprehensive product, the PortaSwitch consists of a real-time billing system, class 4 and 5 SIP softswitch and application servers that can deliver converged VoIP billing and provisioning, SIP call control, unified messaging, IP Centrex and hosted IP PBX (News - Alert), callback management, IVRs, conferencing and more. In implementing the PortaSwitch solution, Codatel Networks’ further enhances its offering with the PortaOne PortaBilling 100 Advanced application. PortaBilling 100 Advanced offers simultaneous multiprocessing and a dedicated database architecture designed to improve performance within the core billing server.

"Choosing PortaSwitch for this service offering was not a hard decision.  It will clearly provide optimum value to our wholesale customers, and top quality to their end users," Zafer continued. "PortaSwitch has the reliability and robustness of very high-end systems that can cost millions to deploy—yet it is very competitively priced. For a telco to be competitive today, it must be able to adapt to market changes very quickly. PortaSwitch will allow us, and our customers, to deliver any kind of new service—simple or complex—with very little fuss or ongoing maintenance."

As the demand for VoIP solutions continues to grow – especially given market improvements in the technology – the need for VoIP termination and origination services is also growing, creating opportunities in worldwide markets. For those players equipped to meet the demand, the opportunities are great.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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