Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has enlisted the iBasis Premium Voice service for international calling. Core advantage of the contract is that MTS will gain worldwide voice termination via one single connection to the iBasis network...
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Russia’s largest mobile operator, is now using iBasis’ Premium Voice service to complete international calls for its customers.
With iBasis Premium Voice, MTS gains “very high quality” worldwide voice termination through a single connection to the iBasis global network. The service guarantees transfer of Caller Line Identifier (CLI) to mobile and fixed destinations and provides support for international roaming worldwide. By interconnecting with iBasis, MTS joins more than 1,000 carrier customers from all telecoms segments that use iBasis for all or part of their international voice service.
With more than 96 million mobile customers and annual revenues in excess of US$10 billion, MTS is a leading provider of mobile communications in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus. This interconnect strengthens iBasis’ position in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a rapidly growing region for mobile telecommunications services. The Russian market alone is the fourth largest mobile telecommunications market in the world with mobile service penetration exceeding 125% and annual growth rate still strong at 14.5%.
"Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia are large, rapidly growing markets for mobile telecommunications services...” said Ofer Gneezy, President and CEO of iBasis. “Now, through iBasis Premium Voice, MTS can better serve customers and expand its market reach by offering an even higher quality international mobile calling service cost effectively.”
* Founded in 1996, iBasis is a wholesale carrier of international long distance telephone calls and a provider of retail prepaid calling services and enhanced services for mobile operators. iBasis customers include KPN, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, BASE, TDC and other large telecoms carriers such as Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, IDT, Qwest, Skype, Telecom Italia, and Telefonica. In October 2007, iBasis acquired KPN Global Carrier Services to create one of the three largest carriers of international voice traffic in the world, and KPN became a majority stockholder of iBasis. The company carried approximately 24 billion minutes of international voice traffic in 2008.