Syniverse says Tata to the IPX blues

Syniverse and Tata Communications have decided to pool their IPX network interconnection resources in a bid to improve the whole process for their customers.

Apparently the way Internet Protocol traffic is exchanged between IPX providers is just far too opaque for some operator’s tastes and this new strategic partnership is designed to address that pain-point. Collectively they will offer what they claim is the first fully-managed, end-to-end IPX network interconnection partnership, which makes you wonder why nobody has tried this before.

Syniverse is based in the US, while Tata is Indian, so they’re going for a global IP traffic play. The pitch to customers is that they get enhanced visibility and control of their data throughout its journey, so long as that takes place between the two companies’ IPX networks. That seems to leave a bit of a hole in Europe, but maybe other companies will join the party if it goes well.

“Our customers gain the added value of improved performance, quality and route diversity, while also gaining access to our underlying capabilities that are supporting 5G and IoT,” said Dean Douglas, CEO of Syniverse. “Our partnership essentially offers the market a single way to access direct reach offered by two distinct and georedundant IPX networks. It allows our customers to work with one company while gaining the benefits of each company’s strengths.”

“By joining forces with Syniverse, we’re one step closer to our goal of creating an environment where everything and everyone can become seamlessly connected, anywhere in the world,” said Anthony Bartolo, Chief Product Officer of Tata Communications. “As our customers leverage next-generation IoT and mobility services to drive their digital transformation, they need a solid foundation to ensure that they are able to capture, move and manage information seamlessly and securely worldwide.”

IPX is a big thing for the GSMA, which has been championing it as a more reliable way of moving data around for over a decade. CTO Alex Sinclair has been involved from the start and his enthusiasm is undiminished by the passage of time. “Reliable, high-performance and secure IPX networks will connect mobile operators and vertical industries together driving efficiencies, productivity and innovative new services,” he insisted.


  1. Avatar Ben Bannister 07/03/2019 @ 6:18 pm

    Regarding the comment about Syniverse being US-based and Tata Communications home market being India, and what this partnership means for European mobile network operators, I am happy to say that this partnership does indeed benefit European based Mobile Network Operators and enterprise customers. Our Amsterdam IPX peering point is the most popular interconnect point globally. Both Tata Communications and Syniverse have multiple geo-redundant interconnects in Amsterdam with all the major European operator groups as well as with other IPX service providers such as BICS, iBasis, Comfone and SAP.

    Also, much of the core infrastructure of the Tata Communications MOVE mobility and IoT platform is located in the Netherlands. As part of this, we have redundant break-out capabilities from Tata Communications MOVE and our IPX network to the public Internet and our private cloud environments in the UK and Netherlands.

    The combination of these capabilities means that operators in Europe will be able to benefit from the joint IPX network reach of Tata Communications and Syniverse just like those in India, Asia and the US.

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 07/03/2019 @ 6:42 pm

      Thanks for the clarification Ben.

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