Global Crossing Ltd. (NYSE: GX) announced it has lit up Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway centers in Europe and is now carrying traffic between Europe and the United States. Core gateway centers are located in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London and Paris, plus 15 tier-one markets in the United States. Global Crossing, in cooperation with Asia Global Crossing, has also deployed a core gateway center in Tokyo.
Global Crossing is layering VoIP over its own privately engineered ultra-high capacity backbone, ensuring that traffic will not be sent over the public Internet, according to Jon Tingley, Senior Vice President of Global Product Management.
For Global Crossing, VoIP serves as an enabling technology for converged voice, data and video services over a single connection, thereby allowing customers to operate more efficiently. The platform will support an initial set of global services, including: Outbound International Long Distance, Voice Virtual Private Networks, Toll Free/Freephone, Network Call Center Services, Carrier POP-POP transit, Carrier IP-Origination and Mobile Carrier Services.
During 2001, Global Crossing will aggressively expand its VoIP footprint throughout the rest of Europe as well as Central and South America. Through its partnership with Asia Global Crossing, the company will also extend its VoIP network into the Asia Pacific Region. Global Crossing is also testing interconnections between its VoIP gateways and several PTTs.
About Global Crossing:
Global Crossing Ltd. provides integrated telecommunications solutions over a global IP-based fiber-optic network. For more information, visit www.globalcrossing.com or www.asiaglobalcrossing.com.