ITXC NOW CARRYING RBOC-ORIGINATED INTERNET TELEPHONY TRAFFIC.
Also, ITXC has announced that recent contract signings have expanded its customer base to include 13 of the 14 largest US-based international carriers (a list of the 14 is provided below).
The company believes that it is the first Internet telephony carrier to serve what is expected to become a huge market of RBOC-originated calls as RBOCs are granted regulatory authority to sell long distance and international service to their local customers. The customers of the RBOCs and most of the long distance carriers dial directly from their home or business phones without special access numbers or PIN codes.
ITXC was the first Internet telephony carrier to terminate Internet telephony calls directly to RBOCs and has previously announced termination agreements with Bell Atlantic and the Ameritech Division of SBC. However, company officials cited customer confidentiality and did not specify whether either of these companies is a source of the new traffic and did not identify which of the top 14 international carriers is not a customer. Traditionally, top-tier carriers prefer not to publicize which other networks they use to complete their customers' calls.
"Traditional long distance carriers, the RBOCs who used to be restricted to local traffic, and web communication portals are now all competing with each other to offer retail long distance service. ITXC now serves all three at the wholesale level," according to company chairman and CEO Tom Evslin. "The Internet is changing the economics of voice communication. The quality of ITXC.net(TM), which is assured by our patent-pending BestValue Routing(TM) technology, gives our customers the cost advantage of the Internet with the quality they need to deliver to their customers. In most cases, the callers do not know that their calls are being routed over the Internet. They just know they are getting the quality they expect from their carrier.
"Because ITXC.net is by far the largest Internet telephony network with 258 points of presence (PoPs) in 151 cities in 60 countries and the ability to reach almost any phone anywhere, it is a natural choice for traditional or web-based carriers who need to offer the cost and feature benefits of Internet telephony to their customers," Evslin continued.
Top 14 US-based International Carriers for 1998 (latest year available) in terms of total facilities-based and switched resale traffic are as follows:
2 MCI Worldcom
5 Primus Telecom
6 IDT Corp
7 Teleglobe USA
8 RSL COM USA
9 Cable & Wireless USA
10 Pacific Gateway Exchange
11 Qwest Communications
12 Intermedia Communications
14 Com Tech International
ITXC has contracts to terminate traffic for 13 of the 14 companies above. Rank has been compiled by aggregating carriers in the case of mergers which have taken place since the list was compiled. The company notes that not all contracted customers have yet been deployed and that, at any given time, not all deployed customers send traffic to ITXC. These contracts typically do not include guaranteed volumes.
About ITXC Corp:
ITXC Corp (www.itxc.com) is the service providers' service provider for voice on the Internet. ITXC WWeXchange Service(R) provides phone-to-phone wholesale call completion for carriers and resellers. Thirteen out of the top fourteen U.S.-based international carriers, leading European competitive carriers, and twelve PTTs worldwide have contracted to send their traffic over ITXC.net. ITXC webtalkNOW! Service(SM) enables portals, ISPs, and communications web sites to offer PC-to-phone calling to their customers under their own brands. Both services provide high quality over the public Internet by routing calls on ITXC.net, which is the largest Internet telephony network in the world with 258 points of presence in over 151 cities and 60 countries. Announced carrier affiliates include Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, China Telecom, Gambia Telecommunications Company, Interoute, Justice, Korea Telecom, and Telstra. There are already more than ten announced and unannounced wholesale customers for webTALKNOW!.
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