XConnect, a provider of IP peering and federation services and the operator of the XConnect Alliance, today announced it has acquired IPeerX, a U.S.-based VoIP peering company owned by Pulver.com Enterprises, increasing the size of XConnects ENUM registry of VoIP numbers. Jeff Pulver, founder and CEO of Pulver.com Enterprises will become a member of the XConnect Advisory Board, and Kingsley Hill, president of IPeerX, will head XConnects Strategic Federation development activities.
Founded in 2003, IPeerX was developed around the 100-plus VoIP companies that peer with Free World Dialup, an Internet communications company established by pulver.com in the mid-1990s and which currently has more than 500,000 members in more than 180 countries. Members of the IPeerX service are VoIP carriers who exchange VoIP traffic based on multiple protocols, including SIP and H.323.
The acquisition of IPeerX comes on the heels of XConnects acquisition in May of e164.info, the Germany-based Carrier ENUM Exchange. This brings the total XConnect membership to approximately 300 service providers in 30 countries, together contributing more than 8 million active VoIP numbers to XConnects ENUM Registry as well as a further 120 million numbers registered for future use.
With the acquisition of IPeerX, and the growth of our ENUM registry, we can extend our secure peering services to larger groups of operators, said Eli Katz, CEO of XConnect. In creating the definitive global ENUM registry, XConnect enables the development of innovative IP services and delivers new revenue opportunities for service providers, while significantly reducing the costs of interconnections. This deal is a win-win for the customers of both companies and the VoIP industry as a whole.
As part of the integration of the two companies, XConnect will expand its North American headquarters in New York under the leadership of telecom and VoIP veteran Mark Benisz, who has served as vice president of sales for the Americas since 2005.