IP Exchange (IPX) has become an essential ingredient for next generation wireless services, according to a new study of global operators commissioned by Sybase 365.
Findings of the study - IPX: New Interconnect Strategies for Operators- show that 63.5 percent of operators surveyed intend to deploy IPX over the next one to three years.
Sybase 365 is a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., the global specialist in mobile messaging and mobile commerce services. The company notes that 24 percent of the respondents find IPX management and security capabilities as prime benefits for current network owners.
More than 50 percent of operators surveyed agree that IPX networks make it easier to deploy end-to-end IP services, cut costs, guarantee quality and ease the migration to 4G networks.
About 23 percent said it is important to consolidate multiple connections.
A large number of 3G operators are committed to long-term evolution (LTE) and this technology is expected to be a major driver of IPX deployments.
Looking forward, operators will look to IPX service providers to offer multimedia services, voice over IP (VoIP) and high definition (HD) voice.
"Operators see potential in IPX to enable them to bring over-the-top services including multimedia and other high-bandwidth content, and social networking into the fold," said William Dudley, group director of operator services products at Sybase 365.
"Our study shows that while operators will be relying on IPX to handle roaming, IP signalling and streaming services on next-generation networks in the early days, in the longer term, when more 4G networks are live, operators will also leverage IPX to facilitate expanded voice interconnect. We firmly believe IPX will become a centralised infrastructure across service providers and across solutions for the rest of the decade and beyond."
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