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NetCentrex Opens European Data Center

[London, ENGLAND] IP telephony enabler NetCentrex announced Tuesday the opening of a European data center that will allow customers to offer enhanced voice over IP (VoIP) applications and services.

A global company with its headquarters in the U.S., NetCentrex enables VoIP application providers to implement and launch new services without making a huge investment in special technology. It provides a hosting service for VoIP switching technology at centers which serve a huge geography.

Xavier Wartelle, vice president of business development at NetCentrex, claimed that the U.S. data center has been "a phenomenal success."

"Over the past year or so, we have seen a significant evolution of the European IP infrastructure and market. Now, our European customers are demanding the flexibility and opportunity that a hosted service enables," said Wartelle.

The market for VoIP is clearly heating up, as indicated by this week's announcement by Cable & Wireless of a US $1.4 billion spend with Nortel Networks for converting the C&W switched network to VoIP (see story, October 2, 2000 ).

NetCentrex's new European data center will host the NetCentrex platform, VoIP call signaling and control technology, and will link together independent VoIP networks and VoIP application providers.

With the NetCentrex solution, application developers can use a simple scripting language to create their VoIP applications. This approach, says NetCentrex, frees application service providers from the technicalities of VoIP in order to focus on customer relationships, user interfaces, and the commercial aspects of their businesses.

NetCentrex is privately held, and is funded by US $13.5 million from angel investors and venture capital firms.