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September 19, 2007

XConnect Wins Frost & Sullivan Award for VoIP Peering Solutions

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Associate Editor

VoIP peering company XConnect (News - Alert) recently was honored with a Frost & Sullivan 2007 North American Award for Product Line Strategy. The award was bestowed on XConnect because of its comprehensive, three-pronged approach to serving the VoIP peering market.
XConnect said it is the only voice peering provider to address VoIP signaling, ENUM registry and security. It does all that with a flexible solution that members of a peering federation use to manage commercial relationships.
The Frost & Sullivan award is given each year to a company that demonstrates the highest level of insight into the needs and demands of its customers. Criteria for this honor include offering an optimized product line targeted to multiple price-points and performance/feature requirements
VoIP peering services from XConnect include custom implementations of federated peering (Private Federations),  settlement-free federation creation and management (Global Alliance), termination cost reduction options using ENUM-based routing (Direct Route) and private plan peering and bilateral solution (ENUM Exchange).
Further, a managed signaling component with XConnect’s solutions guarantees interoperability between members while supporting rich VoIP features like video and wideband audio. This service includes security functions to protect against spam over Internet telephony (SPIT) and voice phishing (“vishing”).
“XConnect peering federations offer service providers the ability to exchange traffic via intelligent interconnects, while maintaining advanced IP based features, and exploring flexible settlement arrangements,” Frost & Sullivan analyst Lynda Starr said in a statement.
Starr continued: “The XConnect federations are currently the only dedicated and globally deployed peering solutions for VoIP service providers which address the need for a fast local ENUM lookup, while preserving the security and privacy of ENUM data.”
The XConnect Federated Peering solution can be used deployed on a local or hosted basis to enable strategic federations. The solution is suited for both outbound applications (reduction in wholesale carrier termination costs) and inbound applications (migration of inbound traffic from TDM interconnects to a VoIP infrastructure while earning inbound call revenue).
XConnect provides private-plan peering so VoIP providers can issue their customers internal numbers that cannot be used outside the network to accept calls from other providers. For bilateral peering, XConnect maintains an ENUM registry with advanced features.
“To eliminate the latency associated with remote registry queries, data from the central registry is pushed out to a patent-pending local directory server at each member's end, which enables them to perform in-network queries while encrypting the database contents,” Starr explained in a statement. “This unique solution enables peering between members that are not comfortable disclosing ENUM data, including the individual phone numbers for each subscriber and implied commercially-sensitive data such as changing
subscriber numbers.”
To learn more about XConnect’s VoIP peering solutions, please visit the company’s TMCnet.com channel, VoIP Peering.

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Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.

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