BT has launched a new Global IP Exchange (GIPX) hub in Singapore to meet growing demand over its IP Exchange Platform.
The exchange service, which is used to enable communications providers to connect VoIP to VoIP, and VoIP to traditional voice calls, will be boosted by the new hub, according to the UK-based operator.
BT said the addition will help bring its GIPX service closer to customers' networks by providing a local switch function in the Asia-Pacific region, while also reducing the cost of voice and data transport and improving the quality of calls by cutting interference.
The company's GIPX service uses an electronic "clearing house" that allows traffic carried over a host of different communications networks to be 'translated' from one to the other.
IP network operators from over 170 countries can interconnect with each other, as well as to fixed telecoms operators and mobile network operators.
The platform also carries video and data traffic across a variety of standards and configurations, while allowing the termination of voice minutes.
Beatriz Butsana-Sita, the BT Global Services managing director for global telecom markets, expressed her "delight" at the launch, which she said will help to address the growing demand for interconnect services in the region.
"It's the first full hub BT has deployed in Asia-Pac and demonstrates the confidence we have in the region," she said.
"Delivering our GIPX service closer to our wholesale customers in this region serves to minimise their cost of interconnect to this world-class clearing house."