Optus Moves Closer to VoIP Rollout

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Telecommunications carrier Cable & Wireless Optus (CWO) has joined with Internet telephony carrier ITXC to rollout the Optus network onto its Voice Over Internet (VoIP) Protocol network, which it will offer to business and government organizations in Australia by the end of 2000.

The partnership with ITXC is expected to allow CWO to increase the reach of its worldwide network ahead of other Asia/Pacific telecommunications carriers, sending more traffic out of Australia over ITXC.net to 258 IP PoPs in 151 cities in 60 countries.

Optus expects to benefit from the VoIP partnership through a reduction in Internet transport costs and a guaranteed carrier grade quality through the combination of Optus’ performance systems and ITXC’s patent-pending BestValue Routing technology.

Cable & Wireless Optus’ managing director of data and business services Stephen Beynon said the deal followed successful trials last year to ensure the engineering, commercial and operational viability of the VoIP network.

“The solid combination of ITXC’s network, ITXC.net, and its experience in routing calls over the public Internet, together with the extensive trans-Pacific and Asian IP network constructed by Cable & Wireless Optus puts us ahead of the pack in the competitive VoIP market,” said Beynon.

CWO said its long term international strategy is to continue the deployment of its international IP network which, allied with its parent company’s global IP network, will build a solid foundation for lower cost transport for international voice/data services.

“The utilization of this revolutionary means of voice/data transport consolidates Cable & Wireless Optus expertise, reputation, and future growth in the provision of data and business services as we move towards a more convergent era of telecommunications delivery,” said Beynon.

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