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.

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