Syniverse says Tata to the IPX blues

Syniverse and Tata Communications have decided to pool their IPX network interconnection resources in a bid to improve the whole process for their customers.

Apparently the way Internet Protocol traffic is exchanged between IPX providers is just far too opaque for some operator’s tastes and this new strategic partnership is designed to address that pain-point. Collectively they will offer what they claim is the first fully-managed, end-to-end IPX network interconnection partnership, which makes you wonder why nobody has tried this before.

Syniverse is based in the US, while Tata is Indian, so they’re going for a global IP traffic play. The pitch to customers is that they get enhanced visibility and control of their data throughout its journey, so long as that takes place between the two companies’ IPX networks. That seems to leave a bit of a hole in Europe, but maybe other companies will join the party if it goes well.

“Our customers gain the added value of improved performance, quality and route diversity, while also gaining access to our underlying capabilities that are supporting 5G and IoT,” said Dean Douglas, CEO of Syniverse. “Our partnership essentially offers the market a single way to access direct reach offered by two distinct and georedundant IPX networks. It allows our customers to work with one company while gaining the benefits of each company’s strengths.”

“By joining forces with Syniverse, we’re one step closer to our goal of creating an environment where everything and everyone can become seamlessly connected, anywhere in the world,” said Anthony Bartolo, Chief Product Officer of Tata Communications. “As our customers leverage next-generation IoT and mobility services to drive their digital transformation, they need a solid foundation to ensure that they are able to capture, move and manage information seamlessly and securely worldwide.”

IPX is a big thing for the GSMA, which has been championing it as a more reliable way of moving data around for over a decade. CTO Alex Sinclair has been involved from the start and his enthusiasm is undiminished by the passage of time. “Reliable, high-performance and secure IPX networks will connect mobile operators and vertical industries together driving efficiencies, productivity and innovative new services,” he insisted.