Tadiran Telecom has signed a distribution agreement with Teledata Technologies in a collaboration aimed at targeting "vast" VoIP opportunities in the African telecom market.

The IP business telephony and communications supplier has also announced the appointment of Zeev Aviv as acting President and CEO.

Until recently, he served as VP Sales and Marketing.

He will be replacing Eitan Livneh, who served as President and CEO since early 2007.

Aviv said Africa is one of the most valuable emerging markets, with opportunities abounding in Kenya and by extension the wider East and Central Africa region.

"It is a fertile market that has great opportunities for telecom growth," he said.

Aviv said numerous tenders are currently advertised for corporate telephony solutions that specify IP-PBX platforms.

He said the demand for VoIP telephony services in the region has drastically increased due to improved cost-benefit awareness.

Many corporate organizations are decentralizing regionally (with Nairobi as the region’s hub) and are looking for converged solutions with maximum ROI.

In many organizations, the older-generation, traditional PABXs are now being phased out due to the emerging technological trends and the related cost benefits.

Requirements are expected to increase drastically with the advent of the TEAMS undersea fiber optic cable project (linking the East Africa region) and due to the increase of Internet bandwidth IP converged solutions.

Duke Onkundi, of Teledata, said his company’s knowledge of the Kenyan evolving market, enabled it to determine Tadiran Telecom’s solution as the most suitable fit.

"It will facilitate a seamless move to VOIP with no loss of investment in legacy systems and combining the best aspects of both quality and financial feasibility," he said.

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