Tuesday, September 12, 2006

XConnect aquires IpeerX 

XConnect, already the world’s largest provider of IP Communications Peering and Federation services and the operator of the XConnect Alliance, today announced at the VON in Boston that it has acquired IPeerX, a leading US based VoIP peering company owned by industry-leader Jeff Pulver’s Pulver.com Enterprises.

With the acquisition, XConnect will bolster its global VoIP peering presence and significantly increase the size of its ENUM registry of VoIP numbers. Jeff Pulver, founder and CEO of Pulver.com Enterprises will become a member of the XConnect Advisory Board, and Kingsley Hill, President of IPeerX, will head XConnect’s Strategic Federation development activities.

The acquisition of IPeerX comes on the heels of XConnect’s acquisition in May of e164.info, the Germany-based Carrier ENUM Exchange. This brings the total XConnect membership to approximately 300 service providers in 30 countries, together contributing over eight million active VoIP numbers to XConnect’s ENUM Registry.

XConnect and IPeerX share the common goal of enabling the full potential of end-to-end IP communications services and combined form the largest neutral ENUM registry for VoIP calling in the world.

The customers of a VoIP company enrolled in an XConnect peering federation can enjoy the full promise of IP Communications; free or unlimited calling with hi-fidelity audio and video conferencing, with the customers of other XConnect federation members. Without peering, such advanced services would be limited to those calls within each individual network.

Eli Katz, Chief Executive Officer of XConnect said, “In creating the definitive global ENUM registry, XConnect enables the development of innovative IP services and delivers new revenue opportunities for Service Providers, while significantly reducing the costs of interconnections. This deal is a win-win for the customers of both companies and the VoIP Industry as a whole.”

Jeff Pulver, Founder and Chairman of Pulver.com Enterprises said, “VoIP Peering will drive the adoption of the new generation of IP communications including video, voice and messaging. The success of VoIP Peering depends on having a sufficiently large community of service providers – this deal creates an industry player with the critical mass to succeed.”

“With IP peering federations, the value to each operator and consumer increases with the addition of new participants. Peering federations, and the combination of XConnect and IPeerX in particular, bring efficiency not found in bilateral agreements, bring greater trust and security among peering partners, and most importantly, by connecting VoIP islands, enables operators to offer features only available when there is end-to-end IP connectivity,“ said Lynda Starr, Senior Analyst, IP Communications at Frost & Sullivan.

This is also called Metcalfe's Law by others ;-)

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