Zamir Telecom has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Nigerian interconnect exchange carrier Exchange Telecom, signalling the expansion of the firm’s wholesale VoIP business into the African market. Under the partnership, VoIP calls from London to Lagos generated by Zamir’s customers will interconnect onto Nigeria’s broadband network via Exchange Telecom, which is licensed to carry voice and data traffic onto the country’s four GSM mobile operators. As VoIP termination is not yet available in Nigeria, a Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) conversion will be made by Exchange. Since its establishment in 2004, Zamir has been providing wholesale VoIP services to Asia for a variety of UK and international service providers, including MTN, Tata and Deutsche Telekom. The firm said that its expansion into Africa ‘follows increasing demand from its wholesale customers for a robust service into the continent which is of the same high quality as Zamir’s existing routes’. The company said that it is now actively seeking other partnerships with PTT, Tier 1, Tier 2 and mobile operators that can offer wholesale A-Z and direct termination in Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.