ITXC Opens London Internet Telephony Super PoP
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[May 15] ITXC Corp announced Monday the opening of a London Super PoP (Point of Presence) to meet the needs of European carriers who want greater capacity for Internet telephony.
ITXC Corp operates the world's largest Internet telephony network, with ten of the top twelve U.S. facilities-based carriers already using it. Its webtalkNOW! service lets ISPs and Web site owners offer PC-to-phone calling to their customers under their own brands.
The new London Super PoP supports the C7 signaling protocol of European first tier traditional telephony. It connects with most London-based carriers via local loop providers.
John Musci, chief operating officer of ITXC Corp, said the new London facility would give European carrier customers a local presence for connecting to ITXC.net.
At July 1999 there were 600 authorized international carriers in Europe, according to analysis by TeleGeography, Inc. 2000. ITXC's new facility will make it easier for carriers to get quality routes and competitive rates to 145 cities in 59 countries.
ITXC has three other Super PoPs in New York, Los Angeles and Jersey City. Each of them, including the London Pop, has a traditional circuit switched platform from Excel/Lucent while also being packed with Internet telephony gateways from Cisco, Clarent, and VocalTec.
Recently, ITXC has begun offering enhanced services such as webtalkNOW! -- and for this purpose the Jersey City Super PoP houses a Class A data center.
Among ITXC's carrier affiliates are Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, China Telecom, and the Gambia Telecommunications Company.