IPX: New interconnect strategies for operators

Michael Carroll and John C. Tanner
11 Aug 2011

While the wireless world is currently gripped by the need to migrate to next-generation networks to handle surging data traffic, little attention is being paid to the fact that new networks are running all-IP cores.

The switch to IP leaves carriers with a problem in terms of how to connect traffic beyond data services, including good old-fashioned voice traffic. However, the change also offers carriers the opportunity for closer alliances with fixed-line operators, and the potential to bring over-the-top service providers into the fold.

IP Exchange (IPX) is the GSM Association’s solution to the problem. It sets out common specifications for end-to-end IP traffic delivery and quality of service that are designed to help operators cut costs and ease migration to 4G networks.

This study, sponsored by Sybase 365, outlines the level of IPX deployments to date and carriers' future implementation plans.

It examines the level of awareness on a global and regional level, and operators’perception of the new services – and new service providers – that the networks enable.

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