TELKOM SA TO UNVEIL ITS REGIONAL VOIP CALLING HUB AT WORLD TELECOM

Telecoms

Telkom is profiling its capability to provide a telecommunications hub to carry voice traffic into and out of Africa at the ITU World Telecom Forum 2003, staged by the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva this week.Telkom deployed internet protocol (IP) on its international links in 2001 to compete with international operators carrying voice traffic in and out of Africa.

It has also implemented voice-over IP (VoIP) services on its international network infrastructure. The VoIP network co-exists with Telkom’s traditional switched-circuit networks, says Moholi.

She says international crossborder voice traffic volumes are low in Africa compared with the European and US markets. In many cases, it will therefore pay the overseas operators to use Telkom as a communications gateway instead of investing in direct links with the African telcos.

Telkom is already providing many African telcos with telecommunications links to overseas destinations, and for cross-border traffic. "We have direct links to 95 countries, as well as indirect connectivity to places where the traffic warrants this." African operators can link to the service using either satellite or the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE undersea cable system, if they have access to these.

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