Telecom New Zealand is offering wholesale international IP (Internet Protocol) calling to US carriers and plans to eventually offer the same in New Zealand and Australia.
Telecom has chosen US-based Clarent Corporation to provide IP solutions to US clients. Value added services manager for Telecom's Network International division Bob Futcher says the new services will allow Telecom to take advantage of a rapidly growing market.
Many new telephony companies are setting up with purely IP-based systems and Telecom has therefore not been able to sell its traditional switch-based services to them.
Futcher says he and John Houlker, manager of Network International's IP broadband unit, studied the market for six months before making this decision. "It's still a small market compared to the traditional one, but there are a lot of new entrants and we expect it to grow fast," he says.
Network International already has customers "ready and waiting", says Houlker, and the services will be sold from next month.
Anthony Briscoe, Telecom New Zealand's general manager international, says Clarent was chosen as a supplier because of its expertise in PSTN and IP network integration, its capabilities in the international Signalling System 7, its network architecture and its worldwide carrier customer base.