In preparation for Ingate’s SIP Trunk Unified Communication Summit this week at ITEXPO, the SIP provider held a Pre-Conference Service Provider Workshop on Feb. 1 from 1PM to 6:30PM at the Miami Beach Conference Center in Miami, Florida.
Steve Johnson, president of Ingate, USA, opened the workshop with “The Case for SIP Trunking,” explaining the importance of SIP Trunking and how to obtain SIP Trunk service at a low cost.
The workshop was intended to be an education opportunity for service providers, operators, and subscribers to SIP services. Companies like Broadvox, Earthlink Business, Bandwidth.com and Mitel explained how their companies offer SIP solutions and shared experiences through case studies based on what attempts are successful and which ones aren’t.
Additional speakers at the workshop included moderator Joel Maloff of Maloff Net Results, Karl Stahl from Intertex Data AB, Chad Krantz, Broadvox and Scott Yelto of EarthLink Business.
According to Johnson, 75 percent of all PBX solutions that are deployed today are IP based and deliver SIP trunking capabilities. “We believe SIP is the future of unified communications,” Johnson said.
The workshop explains how SIP services can bring telecommunication services together providing the best possible experience for customers and the best return for service providers.
Chad Krantz of Broadvox covered the next part of the workshop, “Delivering SIP to the Enterprise.” Krantz’s main focus was on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of deploying enterprise SIP services, in an acronym he referred to as SWOT. Krantz touched on different elements of SWOT such as diversified digital/analog SWOT, blended IP SWOT and consolidated UC SWOT.
“SIP is a true revolution within the industry and has so many advantages over traditional VoIP. SIP is here to stay,” Krantz said.
Next up, Karl Stahl from Intertex Data AB took the stage. Johnson introduced Stahl as one of the early visionaries regarding SIP. In the late 90’s, Stahl went to a SIP conference and came away convinced that SIP was going to change the way of telecommunications. At the workshop, Stahl explained the different types of PBX’s to consider as well as why NAT and firewalls create such obstacles when trying to deploy SIP services.
Scott Yelton, director of IP services for Earthlink Business, spoke on “The Value of a Service Provider Demarcation Point.” Yelton touched on IP-PBX testing and interoperability offered from Earthlink Business and how SIP has changed the way IP-PBX’s are used today.
Ingate’s Pre-Conference Service Provider Workshop will continue to run until 6:30PM. Additional parts of the workshop include “Ensuring Interoperability- The Key to Service Revenue Growth,” by Bandwidth.com, “Addressing Security Issues,” a Mitel case study and “Generating Revenue from HD Video,” from the Unified Communications Interoperability forum. A complimentary wine reception will follow the workshop.
If you are in Miami this week for ITEXPO, make sure to stop by Ingate’s UC Summit from Feb. 2-4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.