iBasis, a KPN company, and Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (TAIEX: 2412, NYSE: CHT), the leading telecom carrier in Taiwan, today announced an agreement to create a multiservice IPX Peering connection to provide high-quality IP-based services for end-users.
While meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., Ms. Tai-Feng Leng, President of Chunghwa Telecom, So., Ltd. ...

While meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., Ms. Tai-Feng Leng, President of Chunghwa Telecom, So., Ltd. International Business Group, and Mr. Willem Offerhaus, CEO and President of iBasis, signed an agreement establishing an IPX interconnect for international HD Voice and future services. (Photo: Business Wire)

HD voice will be the first IPX-based service Chunghwa will launch. The HD voice over IPX service delivers true high-fidelity voice through advanced coding technologies and mechanisms that reduce background noise and transmit a wider range of frequency. End-users experience dramatically improved sound quality, which facilitates longer and more productive international calls. To resolve the interoperability challenges that hinder network-to-network HD voice service, both companies cooperate to provide all necessary transcoding between wideband codecs as well as between wideband and narrowband codecs.

“We are very pleased to be working with Chunghwa Telecom to make the dramatic quality improvement of HD voice a reality for end-users’ international mobile calls,” said Willem Offerhaus, CEO of iBasis. “Together, we are delivering on the promise of IPX to enable innovations that are of high value to operators and their subscribers.”

“In line with the launch of Taiwan’s LTE in 2014, we have scheduled to have our voice, data and mobile roaming traffic migrated to the IPX network and to provide IP traffic transit for carriers in Taiwan. By interconnection with a leading IPX provider such as iBasis, we hope to act as an IPX base in Taiwan extending IPX service to Asia and furthermore worldwide. We are happy to cooperate with iBasis for HD voice over this IPX peering connection to provide our customers with high quality voice service,” said T.F. Leng, President of CHT International Business Group.

In addition to HD voice, Chunghwa Telecom and iBasis will cooperate to offer a variety of services over IPX, including GRX, SMS, LTE Signaling and Roaming and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

About iBasis

A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading international voice carrier and a provider of data services and solutions for mobile operators. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice termination services and data services, including messaging, signaling and roaming, for many of the world’s largest fixed and mobile operators, as well as “over-the-top” and voice-over-broadband service providers. iBasis customers include KPN and its mobile operators, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, and KPN Belgium, and more than 1,000 other providers, including Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, Skype, TDC, Telecom Italia, and Telefonica. The company can be reached at its worldwide headquarters in Burlington, Mass., USA at +1 781-505-7500 or on the Internet at www.ibasis.com.

About Chunghwa Telecom

Chunghwa Telecom (TAIEX 2412, NYSE: CHT) is the leading telecom carrier in Taiwan ( www.cht.com.tw). CHT provides a full- range of telecom services including fixed line (local, DLD, ILD), mobile and broadband Internet access with the largest market share in all its key business lines. CHT has direct connections with over 160 international carriers and the network coverage reaches over 250 countries and areas for international voice services as well as above 60 PoPs of CHT Global Network for worldwide data services. CHT has established overseas offices in Europe, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, ets., and 10 subsidiary companies in China(4), USA, Japan, Singapore, HK, and Vietnam(2) .

iBasis, KPN and Chunghwa Telecom are registered marks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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