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iBasis and Deutsche Telekom to Peer for LTE Roaming and Signaling

iBasis, a KPN company, and International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), the international wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom, today announced an LTE Roaming peering agreement that will benefit mobile network operator (MNO) customers of both companies by enabling a consistent, high quality LTE roaming experience for their subscribers.

The new agreement leverages the companies’ existing GRX peering agreement, as well as each company’s IP eXchange (IPX). The global IPX ecosystem continues to grow as an increasing number of interconnected operators add value to their propositions by utilizing IPX-enabled components, including Signaling/S6a, Data/S8 and VoLTE, to deliver a complete LTE Roaming solution.

“We see an increased demand for LTE roaming from our mobile customers,” states Holger Magnussen, Senior Vice President International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) at Deutsche Telekom. “Through our ICSS IPX platform we can easily fulfill our customer demand across all borders and extend our reach through cooperations with iBasis and other partners.”

“We are rapidly expanding our LTE roaming footprint through both direct LTE roaming agreements with mobile operators and through peerings with leading providers like Deutsche Telekom, which helps our mobile operator customers offer a more complete global roaming experience for their LTE subscribers,” said Willem Offerhaus, iBasis CEO. “We’re very pleased to partner with Deutsche Telekom ICSS to continue to fulfill the promise of LTE globally.”

The iBasis LTE Signaling eXchange (LSX) service provides a single point of access to iBasis’ live 4G (LTE) signaling network with Diameter Routing Agents in key locations around the world. Through direct connections to many mobile operators’ LTE networks and through peerings with other leading providers, iBasis delivers a rapidly growing global LTE Roaming footprint that today reaches more than 60 LTE networks. In addition, iBasis offers a trial environment for testing LTE interworking and roaming scenarios.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 142 million mobile customers, 31 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2013). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has approximately 229,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 60,1 billion in the 2013 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany. For further information, see http://www.telekom.com/home.

About Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS)

International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) is one of the world's leading carriers and an innovation driver for IP-based solutions. As an integral part of Deutsche Telekom’s International Wholesale Business unit, ICSS serves the international wholesale requirements of the DT Group with its international affiliates and more than 700 external customers worldwide. One of the units’ core competencies is to focus on building business partnerships around the globe. With years of experience in the international wholesale communication market, ICSS has the expertise to provide clients with tailor-made solutions. The innovative technologies are offered on a global basis with a special emphasis on Europe. The cutting-edge offerings of ICSS include the following business segments:

Internet & Content: Ensure best user experience by partnering with one of the premier European Internet and content players.

Mobile World: Mobilize your customers’ lives with innovative and profitable solutions from ICSS, a premium mobile enabler.

Carrier Enterprise Services: Securely connect your customer’s global sites with a major European multi-service provider.

Global Capacity: Manage your growing European and transatlantic backbone requirements with tailored, reliable and high-speed connectivity solutions.

Global Voice: Excellence and innovation with scale from the international market leader for retail voice termination. For further information, see www.telekom-icss.com.

About iBasis

A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading international voice carrier and a provider of data services and solutions for mobile operators. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice termination services and data services, including messaging, signaling and roaming, for many of the world’s largest fixed and mobile operators, as well as voice-over-broadband service providers. iBasis customers include KPN and its mobile operators and more than 1,000 other providers, including Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, Skype, TDC, Telecom Italia Sparkle, and Telefonica. The company has recently launched http://lteroaming.info, a blog site providing insights about LTE roaming, VoLTE, IPX and related topics. Find out more about iBasis at http://www.ibasis.com.

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