Tata Communications and Orange announce voice and signalling IPX peering agreement

IPX peering relationship for Voice and Sigtran extends global reach for next-generation IP-based communication services such as HD Voice 

Paris & Mumbai – May 7th 2014 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, and Orange International Carriers, a telecommunication world leader, today announced an agreement to interconnect their respective IPX (IP-Exchange) communities for voice over IPX and Signalling Sigtran which allows IP networks to inter-work with the public switched telephone network. In line with 4G adoption, as more mobile operators introduce next generation IP-based communication services such as HD Voice, global IP interconnectivity between networks is vital in delivering the highest quality end-to-end service experience.

By tapping into both Tata Communications’ and Orange’s worldwide networks, mobile operators deploying innovative broadband services such as HD voice will have access to unprecedented global reach. The peering agreement enables faster connections and the best quality for voice over IP by enabling direct connectivity.

“Alexandre Pebereau, Executive Vice President, International Carriers, Orange says: “IPX peering between global players facilitates the widespread international adoption of the platform and associated new services such as HD Voice and Roaming. Peering with Tata Communications enables both of us to extend our network reach and deliver improved voice quality and greater efficiencies to our respective customers. We encourage mobile operators to move quickly to make the transition to a multiservice IPX solution.”

Peering agreements provide a major boost for mobile operators, as they are able to obtain global reach through a smaller number of IPX providers. This simplifies mobile network management and increases the speed with which mobile operators can roll out VoIPX services across the globe.

Michel Guyot, President, Global Voice Solutions, Tata Communications says: “By interconnecting our VoIPX network with Orange, we continue to expand our long-term relationship with a strategic partner and demonstrate our commitment to building our community of interconnected mobile operators. IPX is a crucial platform for the next-generation of IP communication services, and this latest agreement supports our strategy in partnering to provide the broadest global reach for mobile operators looking to take the next step in transforming services via IP.”

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications Limited (CIN no: L64200MH1986PLC039266) along with its subsidiaries (Tata Communications) is a leading global provider of A New World of Communications™. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to over 240 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services and leadership in global international voice. Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.


Forward-looking and cautionary statements

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about Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2013 and has 164,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2014, including 101,000 employees in France. Present in 30 countries, the Group has a total customer base of more than 239 million customers at 31 March 2014, including 182 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers worldwide. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.

Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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