BT partners with Viva Bahrain on GIPX hub
Global IP exchange earmarked for Q1 2015 launch
BT today announced it has signed an agreement with Viva Bahrain to build a Global IP Exchange (GIPX) interoperability hub in Gulf nation.
The hub is scheduled for launched in the first quarter of 2015 and will allow Viva to provide hosting and connectivity and also serve as a fresh route to market for BT's Global IP Exchange Voice and interoperability services in the region.
Viva Bahrain is a subsidiary of Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) and competes in the kingdom with Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) and Zain Bahrain.
BT IP Exchange is an interoperability service that enables fixed, mobile, legacy and next-generation networks to interconnect and is employed as a means to minimise the cost and complexity of protocol conversion. Such exchanges are targeted at operators that want to deliver connectivity between voice-over-IP operators, traditional communications providers, and converged service providers.
BT's partnership with Viva Bahrain sees the expansion of its GIPX footprint to a fourth region, following the launches of hubs in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
HE Sheikh Fawaz Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of State for Communications in Bahrain said: "This milestone strategically positions Bahrain at the forefront to shape the telecommunications landscape globally. Having this interoperability hub in Bahrain will complement the global footprint of IP connectivity and will connect the Gulf and Middle East operators to the best-in-class global IP backbone".
"Interoperability is key to the success of future communication services and IP Exchange is a core element to bring it to life for our fast-growing region," said Ulaiyan Al Wetaid, CEO of Viva Bahrain. "Investing in this technology together with BT underlines our strong commitment to develop our wholesale infrastructure for the benefit of the regional telecom industry. This hub will provide regional operators with service innovation and choice for their IP interoperability requirements further enhancing their competitiveness to service their local markets"
"We are delighted to have signed this contract with Viva Bahrain for a Global IP Exchange interoperability hub in Bahrain," said Wael El-Kabbany, managing director, Middle East and North Africa, BT Global Services. "It is the first such hub that BT deploys in the Middle East and demonstrates our continuous commitment in the region. It is also a new building block in the execution of our strategy aiming at rolling out a fully federated Global IP Exchange infrastructure across the world."