iBasis Interconnects With Kyivstar For Global Voice Services

BURLINGTON, MA -- iBasis, Inc., the Global VoIP Company, today announced that Kyivstar, the leading mobile operator in Ukraine, has interconnected with The iBasis Network™ for international voice services.

The interconnection with iBasis enables Kyivstar to route international voice traffic over The iBasis Network, the leading global VoIP network, and expands iBasis’ ability to complete mobile calls to Ukraine.

iBasis delivers improved call completion rates and longer average call duration, which help to increase average revenue per user for its mobile operator customers.

Kyivstar is leveraging iBasis’ advanced international routing portfolio, including its PremiumCertified™ service, which certifies higher route quality and stability.

“The migration of international voice traffic to mobile networks is one of the major trends in global telecommunications today,” said Ofer Gneezy, president and CEO of iBasis. “We are very pleased to add Kyivstar to our growing mobile footprint and to have them utilizing our leading VoIP network for their international traffic. Our proven resources and expertise in VoIP are enhancing the growth, efficiency and profitability of leading mobile network operators such as Kyivstar.”

By interconnecting their mobile network with The iBasis Network, Kyivstar is able to enhance its margins and revenue growth from inbound and outbound international traffic associated with their rapidly growing national network.

Also, using the iBasis DirectVoIP™ service enables Kyivstar to add capacity and new destinations quickly and cost-efficiently.

“As the leading mobile network operator in Ukraine, serving more than half the citizens of Ukraine, it is important for us to focus on offering competitive prices, high quality, and reliability and to take advantage of the benefits that VoIP affords to connect to the rest of the world," said Zhanna Revnova, head of Corporate Affairs of Kyivstar. “The benefits of VoIP, including the instant scalable access to a high quality, low-cost international infrastructure, allow us to grow our international traffic with very competitive rates while continuing to offer high quality of service to our mobile subscribers.”

Like many telecommunications markets, growth in Ukraine is fuelled by mobile expansion and VoIP migration.

Ukraine’s mobile penetration at the end of 2006 was 104 % (by using sim-cards), up from 41% just one year earlier.

To continue growth and profitability, mobile operators are increasingly focusing on expanding lifetime revenue and profit per customer, and mastering a more competitive market situation.

Source: Business Wire