iBasis and Telecom Italia Sparkle Create First Multiservice IPX Provider-to-Provider Interconnection

  iBasis and Telecom Italia Sparkle Create First Multiservice IPX
  Provider-to-Provider Interconnection

TI Sparkle andiBasis partner for IPX Peering to Exchange Both Voice and Mobile

Business Wire

ROME & BURLINGTON, Mass. -- May 15, 2012

iBasis, a KPN company, and TI Sparkle, the international services arm of
Telecom Italia Group, announce today the implementation of a multiservice IPX
Peering connection. The new interconnection will support the exchange of
voice, signaling and GRX traffic generated by and destined for network
operators connected to each carriers’ IPX and will ensure end-to-end quality
of service.

Driven by the GSMA, IPX offers a next-generation alternative to the public
Internet. It provides the flexibility and efficiency of IP with the security
and reliable quality associated with traditional TDM networks. This is
particularly significant for network operators as they transition to IP to
capture efficiencies and support new services, such as LTE Roaming, voice over
LTE, IP videoconferencing, and HD voice.

“IPX is strategically important for Sparkle as an innovative wholesale
provider of voice and mobile data services,” said Riccardo Delleani, Chief
Executive Officer of TI Sparkle. “We are pleased to be entering this
partnership with iBasis, and to be able to combine our complementary IP
expertise and multiservice IPX offerings. We are directing voice and mobile
data services traffic to the IPX now and look forward to continuing to utilize
its ability to support additional services over a single peering
interconnection in the future.”

TI Sparkle is a leader and pioneer in the VOIP business, running a full IP
softswitch, multi-service network with Global MPLS capabilities since 2004. As
a co-founding member of the i3forum, TI Sparkle was one of the first
international carriers to migrate its bilateral voice traffic to IP
successfully, and one of the first service providers to offer an IPX solution
which is both compliant with the guidelines of the i3forum as well as the GSMA
specifications to support existing and next generation IP-based services.

The iBasis IPX leverages the company’s more than 15 years of experience in IP
innovation. It is a secure, managed IP interconnection service based on GSMA
specifications. It provides a reliable network for voice and mobile data
services and a robust, interoperable platform for innovative IP-based services
in the future.

“The demand for IPX interconnections is increasing as more and more network
operators recognize its importance as an efficient multiservice platform for
delivering high quality voice and mobile data services today and for new
services in the near future, such as HD Voice and LTE Roaming and Signaling,”
said Willem Offerhaus, iBasis CEO.

About Telecom Italia Sparkle

Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle) is the wholly-owned Telecom Italia
Group (NYSE:TI) subsidiary with the mission to develop and consolidate the
Italian telco’s international services business. As a leading global carrier,
TI Sparkle offers a full range of voice, mobile data, Internet protocol (IP)
and bandwidth solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service
providers (ISPs), Media and Content providers and to Multinational
enterprises. Find out more about Telecom Italia Sparkle at www.tisparkle.com.

About iBasis

A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading wholesale carrier of
international long distance telephone calls and a provider of retail prepaid
calling services and data services for mobile operators. The company offers a
comprehensive portfolio of voice termination services and data services such
as messaging, signaling and roaming, for many of the world’s largest fixed and
mobile operators and VoBB service providers. iBasis customers include KPN and
its mobile operators, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, and BASE, and more than 1,000 other
providers, including Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, Skype,
TDC, Telecom Italia, and Telefonica. The company can be reached at its
worldwide headquarters in Burlington, Mass., USA at +1 781-505-7500 or on the
Internet at www.ibasis.com.

iBasis and KPN are registered marks. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.


iBasis, Inc.
Chris Ward, +1 781-505-7500
TI Sparkle Communication
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