Norway-based Telenor Global Services (TGS) and Telefonica Global Solutions have announced an IPX peering agreement which, it is claimed, will enable the duo to expand their respective global 4G footprints, giving them ‘a potential reach of more than 400 million subscribers across 30 countries in the Nordics, Europe, Asia, and Latin America’.
With the agreement understood to encompass roaming signaling services like SS7 over Sigtran and LTE Diameter, as well as IPX Transport for Data Roaming (end-user payload for 2G/3G and LTE/4G), this global interconnection is any-to-any for the local operations in both groups and can be extended to other on-net service providers. Further, it has been claimed this IPX agreement is ‘ready for easy integration of other legacy and new interconnection services like voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and is a good example of the kind of relationship that both telco groups are enhancing within the scope of their strategic alliance’.
Commenting on the development, TGS CEO Bjorn Iversen was cited as saying: ‘The partnership between Telenor Global Services and Telefonica Global Solutions enables the mobile operators of the two groups to easily expand their global business. At the same time it provides mobile subscribers with seamless international LTE/4G roaming as well as enabling a high quality voice and data service experience.’ Juan Revilla, CEO of Telefonica Global Solutions’ Wholesale Business Unit meanwhile added: ‘This agreement with our strategic partner is further evidence of our commitment to deliver quality and feature-rich services to our customers, who are increasingly demanding from us greater speed, end-to-end quality, security and reach.’