Next-generation interconnection and Enume- ration (ENUM) directory services XConnect launched its global Video Interconnection Exchange (VIE) at the end of June – reportedly the first neutral federation of its kind for exchang- ing video calls across networks, operators, service providers, business-to-business exchanges and vendors.
With multiple applications, services and platforms, video communications is a thriving but fragmented community. VIE will resolve inter- operability and interconnection challenges by enabling secure, scalable and multiprotocol interworking between disparate video communities, exchanges, networks and devices.
VIE will make video calling as easy as making a voice call, whether using a laptop, a desktop, a tablet or a mobile phone from anywhere in the world.
By connecting video islands, VIE will dramatically accelerate worldwide mass-market adoption of videoconferencing and calling by service providers, enterprises and consumers.
XConnect CEO Eli Katz says VIE has launched with five operators based in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and members include telepresence providers as well as fixed, mobile and Web 2.0 video service providers.
“Through one connection, video-enabled operators will gain immediate multilateral inter- connection to each other with full configurability, control and policy. Video-enabled operators will significantly boost their video reach globally, leading to an increase in end-user video usage,” he says.
This increase will help drive revenue and margin growth, delivering competitive advantage and faster customer acquisition.
XConnect’s secure and scalable Interconnect 2.0 services enable next-generation interconnection that supports end-to-end Internet Protocol, or IP, sessions. The company uses its advanced ENUM registry technology and provides interworking and transcoding to assure preservation of video sessions.
VIE will reduce the cost and operational overhead of interconnecting video services across networks, vendors and platforms.
“Whether users are at home, in the office or on the go with their smartphones or tablets, global demand for video calling is exploding. However, today video services are confined to separate islands limiting video calling to users within an operator, vendor or platform video community,” says Katz.
The lack of interconnection between video islands hinders mass adoption of video communications.
XConnect’s VIE is a scalable, secure and policy-based video-interconnection service from a proven, trusted and neutral interconnection partner, he says.