Leeds has made history as the first city outside London to host an Internet Telephony Service Providers’ Association (ITSPA) Workshop. The ITSPA Autumn Workshop was hosted and sponsored by aql, a longstanding ITSPA member and ITSPA quality mark holder, including a talk by aql founder and CEO, Dr Adam Beaumont, covering a wide range of subject matter, from why Leeds is a great place to do business, through to the peering strategies which mobile networks must adopt if they are to roll out 4G "LTE" services effectively.
The event took place on 11 October 2012 at the City Exchange in Leeds in the offices of the UK’s largest commercial property company, Land Securities, who are responsible for a new development in central Leeds that will boast more than 1 million square feet of retail space. aql felt that this vantage point gave ITSPA members a view over the changing face of Leeds city centre and we give our thanks to David Laycock, the Centre Director for Trinity Leeds for allowing us to use the space.
Representatives from over 20 major Internet telephony service providers heard talks and discussions on the digital landscape in Leeds and beyond, including a talk from Thomas Mangin on behalf of IXLeeds.
Attendees were also given a guided tour of the aql datacentre where IX Leeds, Yorkshire’s first Internet Exchange Point established to significantly reduce the county’s reliance on London’s Internet infrastructure, is hosted.
Dr Beaumont said of the event: "The ITSPA Autumn Workshop has given the UK's telecoms operator community an opportunity to see what Leeds has to offer - being the second largest financial centre in the UK and with a strong media sector. We're pleased that the event was also part of the Leeds Digital Festival.".
Photo : Thomas Mangin from IXLeeds explains how IP telephony benefits from good peering and QoS.