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Nigerian Carriers Laud the Benefits of VoIP
Breeze Micro and World Telecom Labs are lauding the investment by Nigeria’s interconnect exchange carriers in VoIP as a success.
WTL said more than six billion calls lasting around ten billion minutes from five of Nigeria's interconnect exchange carriers have traversed its VoIP. Those five carriers are Breeze Micro, Exchange, ICN, Niconnx, and Solid. They have points of presence in Abuja, Ibadan, Kano, Lagos, and Port Harcourt.
WTL added that VoIP, as opposed to the traditional telephone networking technology known as time division multiplexing, allowed for expedited deployment and lower costs. It also said the VoIP investments have increased capacity so networks can contend with congested long-distance links between cities.
The company also referenced Nigerian Communications Commission data suggesting that dropped calls have been cut in half, there’s been a 70 percent decrease in call failure, 60 percent less signaling congestion, and 30 percent less traffic congestion since the move to the new infrastructure.
Speaking of the NCC and Breeze Micro, the push to promote the success of VoIP investments in Nigeria comes about seven months after the commission there warned Breeze Micro, among others, against engaging in call masking. That’s a fraudulent practice through which carriers conceal international calls coming into a country and present them as local calls to make profits from the difference in prices between local and international calls. The NCC suspended the operating licenses of some other telecommunications operators for call masking.
Breeze Micro, which is based in Kano, works with Nigeria's operators to transport voice traffic across Northern Nigeria. WTL helps the country’s operators maximize TDM voice capacity and migrate to VoIP.
Edited by Maurice Nagle