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SIP Forum Discusses Future of Internet Protocols

SIP ForumThis past week, SIP Forum held its annual gathering to discuss the advancement of IP communications solutions based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology.  SIP is a signaling protocol used for controlling communication sessions such as voice and video calls over Internet Protocol (IP).   Other applications include live streaming, instant messaging, file transfer and online games.

The industry association held its yearly forum in Herndon, Va. from April 22 to 25.  Attending companies included heavyweights from the telecom industry:

  • AT&T

  • Armstrong Utilities

  • Bell Canada

  • Bright House Networks

  • Cablevision

  • Cincinnati Bell

  • Comcast Cable

  • Cox Communications

  • France Telecom

  • Telefonica International

  • XO Communications

This year’s conference featured keynote speakers who offered their views on the importance of standardization, data integrity, hardware, and security in Internet communication.  Large enterprises have a growing need to update their infrastructure.

The SIP gathering shed some light into the industry’s crossroad with government security priorities such as regulatory and policy developments, codec handling, SIP trunking design and deployment, fax over Internet protocol (FoIP) interworking, implementing SIP with IPv6, poll fraud detection and prevention, HD voice deployment, call routing and peering, and emergency services.

Last month, an Echopass executive observed that SIP was a hot topic among attendees at Enterprise Connect which was held in March at Orlando, Fla.  “More companies [are looking] to replace aging infrastructure with SIP based solutions that better support the business agility requirements,” according to Rod McLane, who is a marketing director for the California-based company which provides cloud-based architecture for large call centers.

Executives and government representatives attending SIPNOC 2013 also exchanged ideas regarding the regulatory climate surrounding SIP-based technologies.  Federal Communications Commission (FC) chief technology officer Henning Schulzrinne also discussed potential legislation.

Other SIC stakeholders were present at the gathering:

  • Cisco Systems

  • Dialogic

  • ECG Inc

  • Edgewater Networks

  • Federal Communications Commission

  • GENBAND

  • Georgetown University

  • Huawei Technologies

  • Internet Society (ISOC)

  • Metaswitch Networks

  • NENA

  • NTCA

  • Patton Electronics

  • Polycom

  • Siemens Enterprise Communications

In recent years, the DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, National Security Agency, and various other U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been tapping into domestic electronic communication.  However, their efforts have used old monitoring processes and technologies incompatible with today’s SIP standards.

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