Telefonica joins the Chicago Agreement

Wholesale 11 May 2015

Telefonica joins the Chicago Agreement, an initiative designed for global collaboration on voice and data networks to deliver trusted, seamless and reliable carrier services for end users, originally formed by Orange, Ooredoo, Bharti Airtel and Telenor.  

From left to right: Ajay Chitkara, CEO of Global Business at Bharti Airtel; Alexandre Peberau, EVP of International Carrier Services at Orange; Bjorn  Iverson, CEO of Telenor Global Services; Yousuf Abdulla Al-Kubaisi, CEO of Ooredoo Global Services; Juan Revilla, CEO of Telefonica Global Solutions.

The pioneering agreement, signed a year ago has seen its founding carriers work together to define and implement a set of industry principles for improved technical reach and interoperability across the members’ networks for signalling, SMS and IPX. The companies have also partnered to ensure international voice minutes are routed on the shortest possible path and with the highest level of quality. The agreement also aims to combat fraud in the wholesale market through the sharing of tools and best practices.

Since the announcement of the agreement at ITW a year ago, the partners have secured Voice quality and value by increasing retail flows over direct routes up by 20 percentage points reaching on average over 60% of traffic routed directly within the footprints of the member carriers. For A2P and as traffic continues to grow, the partners are connecting their SMS platforms to ensure improved and secured delivery of messages to customers.The partners are also working together to improve technical reach and interoperability in IPX.

“I am delighted to have joined the Chicago agreement. It is a great initiative that will allow Telefonica to offer richer end-to-end secured services to our customers across the world by collaborating with the other global carriers supporting the initiative, and are looking forward to additional carriers joining us”, commented Juan Revilla, CEO Wholesale Business Unit, Telefonica.

Together, these five carriers currently provide services to more than 1 billion retail customers across 84 countries.

The Chicago Agreement is open to other global carriers around the world sharing the same objectives.