Paraguay’s state-owned fixed line telecoms operator Copaco has contracted US-based international voice carrier iBasis to migrate its international voice traffic to an IP platform. The IP-interconnect will enable the Paraguayan telco to leverage greater cost-efficiencies thanks to iBasis’ pre-existing global network footprint, which includes both traditional Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and advanced Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) infrastructure, resulting in high quality, lower cost international calling for customers in Paraguay. The connection will also extend iBasis’ wholesale termination capabilities to Paraguay, providing more reliable routes and competitive pricing structures for its carrier customers and also users of the company’s ‘Pingo’ web-based services. iBasis claims that it operates a global network that spans more than 100 countries, delivering more than two billion minutes of international voice traffic every month.
John Van Vianen, CEO of iBasis commented: ‘We are happy to help Copaco achieve its goal of providing high quality, affordable international calling for its customers. Latin America continues to be a key growth market for iBasis. Furthermore, Copaco joins a long list of carriers that are taking advantage of the efficiency of IP for their international voice traffic. With the migration of international voice traffic to IP well underway, we look forward to helping our industry realize the significant operational and financial benefits’. Maria Angelica Pellegrini, Copaco’s international business manager added: ‘Through our partnership with iBasis we are now able to offer our customers cost-efficient calling, carried over a reliable, high quality voice network. By leveraging iBasis IP infrastructure, we are not only prepared for significant growth in the short term, we are also in a strong position to expand into additional services in the future’.