Verso makes VoIP ready for prime time

Globstar claims that, with the help of Verso technology, VoIP has overcome its quality of service issues and is willing to let you find out for yourself.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 15, 2002

Globstar has been trying to convince Gitex visitors that voice over IP (VoIP) technology is good enough for prime time deployment. Go to the vendor’s stand in Hall 7 and you may be able to make a phone call over the internet using VoIP technology from Verso, which Globstar represents.

Despite obvious questions over the legality of Internet telephony, Hussam Abu Amra, Globstar managing director, was keen to stress yesterday that the company is at Gitex (coincidentally, right next to Etisalat in Hall 7) to show what VoIP is capable of.

“People are coming to us and asking to see the technology,” he says. “There are all sorts of potential applications for this type of solution.”

Verso’s VoIP offering is based around its switching technology and proprietary SS7 VoIP protocols. Abu Amra claims that this protocol massively improves voice over IP’s QoS, meaning that Internet telephony need no longer be the low quality, low cost offering it has traditionally been.

“The voice signal can go through the Internet protocol without losing data and its character, which makes the voice quality excellent,” claims Abu Amra.

In some regional countries, third party startups are now utilising VoIP to offer cut price pre-paid calling services. With Verso’s proprietary technology, Abu Amra says that those startups can improve the quality of their services considerably.

“In the region, entrepreneurs and investors in new services represent 75-80% of our target market,” says Abu Amra. “Most of the Arab countries are now open for services such as these [pre-paid calling.]”

At the same time, Abu Amra is very keen to be friends with state telecomms companies. “We want to be introduced to carriers as friends — we can do marvellous things for them,” says Abu Amra.

Jordan Telecom is one regional telecomms operator believed to be looking at how it can utilise VoIP to offer new services or make existing ones more cost effective.

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