Wednesday, January 25, 2006

XConnect and Dutch Cable Operators set up First National VoIP Peering Contract 

Although CableLabs seemed to be the first on issueing a RFI on VoIP Peering, the Dutch Cable Operators in the meantime selected XConnect and Kayote Networks to facilitate a joint IP communications effort to create the world's first national peering network.

Over 7 million subscribers from the UPC Netherlands, Casema, MultiKabel, Essent and CaiW Dutch Cable Consortium will use Kayote Networks and XConnect for true end-to-end IP Communications, as announced in today's press release by XConnect and Kayote Networks.

The Netherlands is one of the most highly saturated cable marketplaces, with more than 97% cable penetration in the country. Leading Dutch cable operators, otherwise known as Multiple Systems Operators (MSOs), include UPC, MultiKabel, Casema, Essent and CAIW, totaling more than 450,000 VoIP subscribers, or more than 6% penetration of the 7 million homes passed. See also James Enck on Fingers in the Dike.

This landmark agreement enables all participating operators to share VoIP traffic directly over their IP networks, completely bypassing traditional phone networks and thereby eliminating PSTN interconnection fees.

Congratulations to Eli Katz and his team.

... and all that for phone calls
we do not want to pay money for?

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