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IS ties up nationwide interconnects

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Internet Solutions has boosted its voice and data services by completing interconnect agreements with all the telecommunications providers as well as prominent VANS companies. 

The converged communications service provider now has live interconnects in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Agreements include MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom, as well as several VANs such as Storm, Vox and M-Web.
Interconnection agreements are standard procedure for service providers worldwide to provide their customers with the fastest, cost effective and most direct connections across multiple providers.
This means that the end user benefits by IS exchanging calls directly with other telecoms providers using local links and agreed interconnection tariffs – critical to providing credible commercial alternatives.
“Some of our corporate customers want a higher quality for their voice services and understand the cost implications” says Greg Hatfield, manager: VoIS Solutions at IS. “These interconnect agreements mean we can offer them differentiated solutions – a SIM-based service to give them maximum savings with a centralised Leased Cost Routing (LCR) offering, and the higher-priced interconnect solution.
"The interconnect solution offers similar cellular termination quality to using the PSTN, which no SIM-based LCR solution can claim to do, but is still significantly cheaper.”
Hatfield indicates that IS has visibility of demand that would justify interconnects in the next tier of major cities – Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein, with the Pretoria interconnect with Telkom is already underway.