Industry bodies GSMA and i3forum have launched a new initiative aimed at making IP exchange (IPX) services available to all operators.
The groups will co-ordinate on live-commercial pilots for voice IPX, to be conducted by mobile and fixed operators including Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, TeliaSonera.
GSMA and i3forum said the pilots are designed to help formulate the technical and commercial agreements needed to use IPX to interconnect any voice services.
The pilots are also aimed at laying the groundwork for interoperable services such as VoLTE and RCS, and fostering more IPX offerings from carriers.
“As we move to an all-IP world, customers will continue to demand high quality and high reliability for their voice services,” GSMA CTO Alex Sinclair said.
“By providing global interoperability, this initiative will help to drive the widespread deployment of services such as VoLTE, with the same quality of service that consumers have come to expect.”
Hot Telecom has predicted that IPX data traffic will grow at a CAGR of 97.2% between 2012 and 2015.