The first IPX+ enabled network in the Middle East has been launched by Qatari operator Ooredoo. Using a platform provided by Tata Communications, the implementation enables Ooredoo to capitalise on the latest technology innovations in mobile broadband service delivery and management.
The first application to launch is voice over IPX+, which provides customers with access to a broad community of IPX+ connected mobile destinations; the scalable platform can also support services such as signalling, data roaming (GRX and IPX) and LTE Roaming. Ooredoo is planning to consolidate its entire network to an IP-based backbone.
Global mobile data traffic is set to increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017, reaching 11.2 exabytes per month by 2017. In line with this, mobile network operators are under pressure to address the delivery of data services beyond their networks. The IPX+ platform allows operators to manage increasing demand for wholesale voice, roaming and data services.
Allan Chan, President of Global Carrier Services, Tata Communications, said: “We are seeing a huge demand for our IPX+ connectivity platform from mobile network operators looking to capitalise on the mobile data explosion, with more than 140 forward-looking operators in 40 countries adopting our service.”
Since 2010, Ooredoo has been the fastest-growing wholesale operator in the region by revenue. In 2012, the company built landing stations to connect to two important underwater fibre optic cable systems, bolstering Qatar’s ability to provide international wholesale services.