Agreement Responds to Growing Demand for Fast, High-Quality IPX Voice Services and Extends SAP Ecosystem for IPX
Responding to the growing demand for IP eXchange (IPX) voice services, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and WIS TELECOM S.p.A., a leading telecommunications company, today announced an agreement that brings together the strengths of both parties to address the need, expressed by the mobile operators, for a comprehensive multi-service IPX solution that combines quality improvement with cost transparency. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress 2013, being held in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, where SAP is located at Hall 7, 7C70.
The agreement extends the SAP ecosystem for IPX globally. WIS TELECOM demonstrates excellence in the international voice market and has extensive voice interconnection direct reach, while SAP shares experience in the rollout of IPX voice services in the Asia-Pacific region.
"Today's announcement from Mobile World Congress is befitting with this year's event theme of exploring the new mobile horizon, as our agreement with WIS TELECOM changes the game for operators," said John Sims, president, SAP Mobile Services. "Direct IPX routing of voice calls to remote regions brings demonstrable improvement of quality and cost transparency. With the roll-out of LTE networks and the launch of voice over LTE, moving to IPX is no longer a choice but a necessity."
IPX enables mobile operators to deliver operational efficiencies, cost savings and improves service quality to end users. They can do so by combining interconnects across various platforms, such as voice, data roaming, LTE roaming and diameter hub, roaming signalling and messaging. As a result of this agreement, WIS TELECOM and SAP plan to create a leading IPX voice proposition that supports end-to-end quality to meet growing demand across the globe. Compared to traditional IP-based voice services, this improvement in quality will be particularly noticeable on voice calls between dispersed geographic regions.
"WIS TELECOM has always valued strategic collaborations to deliver the highest standards of excellence to our customers," said Maan El Amine, CEO, WIS TELECOM. "We are today excited to consolidate our relationship with SAP to offer international voice services, enlarging our footprint, enriching our direct interconnections and access to new customers. This step in WIS TELECOM's strategy of collaboration with high-caliber companies allows us to provide the best possible technical solutions on a global basis and also helps ensure our customers can benefit from improved efficiency within a challenging environment."
WIS TELECOM and SAP each bring individual strength to this agreement by providing a superior network and voice services. WIS TELECOM has cooperated with SAP prior to this agreement through reselling SAP® GRX 365 mobile service to mobile operators in EMEA among WIS TELECOM's customer base.
SAP Mobile Services, a division of SAP, is a global leader in mobile interconnection and mobile consumer engagement services. It provides mobile operators with unparalleled capabilities in global messaging interconnect, data roaming and an array of IPX-based services and enables enterprises to engage with their consumers through innovative mobile marketing and communication solutions. SAP Mobile Services helps businesses process 1.8 billion messages per day, reaching more than 980 operators and 5.8 billion subscribers across 210 countries.
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About WIS TELECOM
WIS TELECOM is a leading telecommunications company offering an extensive range of premium quality and innovative services. Its comprehensive portfolio of international voice, data and IP solutions meets the demand of both fixed and mobile operators. Today, having established direct interconnections with more than 120 international Tier-1 carriers in 64 countries, WIS TELECOM exchanges approximately 800 million premium voice minutes per month. WIS TELECOM services are supported by an international backbone connecting voice switches to the major telehouses in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Italy, Greece, Germany, France and Belgium. For more information, visit www.wis-telecom.com.
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