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MERA Systems to Support PIPE Networks’ VoIP Exchange


MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch Powers PIPE Networks to Launch First National VoIP Peering Network

Toronto, ON, Canada — Brisbane, Australia (15 August 2006) — MERA Systems, a forefront supplier of VoIP softswitches and session controllers, joined efforts with PIPE Networks, Australia’s largest peering provider to launch Australia’s first commercial VoIP peering service — PIPE VoIP Exchange (PVX).

Managed by the PIPE Networks’ proprietary software, the PVX functions as a national VoIP Peering network allowing VoIP providers to directly interconnect VoIP calls with other PVX clients and thereby reduce interconnection costs and increase performance. The PVX will use an MPLS network deployed over an SDH framework in order to create a resilient national network to trunk calls seamlessly between the cities.

PIPE VoIP Exchange’s target customers include Voice over Broadband providers, DSLAM-based ISPs, carriers who can deliver voice over ULL (the analogue telephone call), trunk voice carriers both national and global, as well as corporate and government clients seeking access to least cost routing destinations.

“With our newly-launched PVX, we offer the possibility for all VoIP providers to connect with each other via a seamless national network — it is a big step forward to VoIP penetration in Australia,” said Stephen Baxter, PIPE Networks Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer.

The PVX uses MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch (MVTS) to seamlessly interconnect between SIP and H323 users and allow on-the-fly transcoding. With a carrier-grade MERA solution VoIP providers don’t have to alter their network in order to interoperate with the PVX. As MVTS scales up to 50,000 concurrent calls, PVX members can easily accommodate for potential traffic growth.

“We are currently in discussions with operators in Europe and the USA about the possibility of establishing a world-wide VoIP peering fabric. Now that’s how things could get really interesting for PVX and VoIP providers,” Mr. Baxter said.

“PVX will allow VoIP providers to potentially connect with every other VoIP provider using a single connection and to arbitrate commercial and technical aspects of the calls made via the PVX,” said Stephen Baxter.

PVX trials are expected to be completed by 30 September, 2006 and the PVX is expected to be commercially operational in Australia by late October 2006.

About MERA Systems
MERA Systems develops industry-leading IP Telephony products and solutions that enable VoIP carriers and service providers to efficiently manage VoIP sessions on their networks. The MERA solutions offer a powerful combination of efficiency, scalability and rich functionality, bringing added value and revenue-generating opportunities to carriers globally. To date, MERA is a key provider of highly reliable and cost-effective VoIP softswitches and service delivery platforms, has over 500 customer deployments in 60 countries of the world, and controls 70% of the VoIP Softswitch market in Russia & CIS countries and about 4% worldwide. For more information about MERA and MVTS II visit

About PIPE Networks
PIPE Networks is Australia’s largest peering provider with over 130 active connections. Headquartered in Brisbane, PIPE Networks has branch offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart. PIPE Networks provides network infrastructure services for Australian clients, operates the nation’s largest Internet Exchange, with a network across six capital cities serving some of Australia’s largest content and internet service providers. PIPE Networks also builds and operates one of Australia’s largest metropolitan fibre optic networks, offering clients in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth access the company’s “Dark Fibre” service. For more information about PIPE Networks and PVX visit


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