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Global Crossing Now Avaya SIP-Compliant
[October 19, 2005]

Global Crossing Now Avaya SIP-Compliant

TMCnet CRM Alert Columnist

Global Crossing is announcing that its enterprise Voice over Internet Protocol portfolio is fully compliant with Avaya's Session Initiation Protocol telephony products.

SIP is an open signaling standard that allows carrier and enterprise voice equipment to interoperate with each other over an IP network via SIP trunks. SIP trunk services are an enterprise networking category that uses new efficiencies in network design and capabilities via SIP-enabled applications.

"We're proud to be the first global service provider to receive SIP interoperability compliance certification from Avaya," said Anthony Christie, Global Crossing's chief marketing officer.

GlobalCrossing is a member of the Avaya DeveloperConnection Program, whichs develops, markets and sells third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology.

Eric Rossman, vice president, developer relations and technical alliances, Avaya called the announcement "a big step towards establishing SIP as an open standard for call signaling across both enterprise and service provider networks."

Global Crossing currently runs more than two billion minutes per month of VoIP traffic over its private, global backbone. Avaya's Converged Communications Server 3.0 and its SIP Enablement Services module works with Communication Manager software, the company's flagship IP telephony software, supported by Avaya media servers, gateways and SIP telephones.

In recent months Global Crossing has focused on growing in the Asian region, as many multinational firms consider it an essential piece for their portfolios for manufacturing, services, or as a market for their goods and services, and for "Asian" read "Chinese."
A couple days ago Global Crossing announced that it is expanding its service reach to 12 cities in mainland China by joining forces with CPCNet Hong Kong Limited, a CITIC Pacific company. By interconnecting the two private, MPLS-based IP networks with iMPLS, Global Crossing's provider interconnect, Global Crossing can now deliver converged IP services to locations across China.
"China is a critical growth engine for IP services and global business," said John Legere, Global Crossing's chief executive officer, a statement few would dispute.
"Mainland China is one of the most vital regions in the world," agrees Stephen Ho, CPCNet's chief executive officer. CPCNet is the first communications service provider to launch MPLS-based IP VPN service across greater China.

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