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February 01, 2012

SIP Interoperability Initiative from SIP Forum


By Michelle Amodio SIP Trunking Report Contributor



From the Forum that promotes SIP as the technology of choice comes a new SIP technical initiative, SIPconnect-IT.

The SIP Forum’s latest is geared towards fast-tracking vendor and service provider interoperability with the SIPconnect 1.1 Technical Specification.


Featuring a set of testing events for application developers and equipment vendors, SIPconnect-IT provides a means to show this particular SIP trunking interoperability specification in actual scenarios.

“The ratification of the SIPconnect 1.1 technical recommendation earlier this year represents a significant step forward for the adoption of a common interoperability specification for seamless, end-to-end interoperability between SIP-enabled IP-PBXs and service provider networks across the globe,” said Marc Robins, SIP Forum president and managing director. “SIPconnect-IT represents the next step and is designed to transform these specs into action and to ensure IP applications and infrastructure utilizing the SIPconnect 1.1 guidelines can be implemented in live telecom environments.”

Recently, Richard Shockey, head of Shockey Consulting, and chairman of the board at The SIP Forum said aging PSTN could be a “public safety issue.”

“A Ford Fairlane is a nice car, but I wouldn’t want to drive it to work every day,” Shockey told TMCnet, drawing an analogy between vintage automobiles and the vintage network.

It could could become “a public safety issue,” said Shockey in the report, citing that a faulty switch could result in a person not being able to reach 911.

“So what happens when it blows up?” asked Shockey, who went on to say that 4ESS switches may be more useful at this point as repurposed wine racks than as telecom gear.

The SIP Forum is an Association Partner of this year’s ITEXPO East 2012, happening right now in Miami, FL.

This week, there will be a new SIP Trunk Academy as part of the SIP Trunk-Unified Communications (UC) Seminars at ITEXPO.

The seminars will be held in room B114/115. Sample sessions include: “What is SIP Trunking?,” “SIP Trunking in the Customer Network,” “SIP Trunking in the Cloud,” “Overview of an Internet+ Model,” “SIP Trunking with Legacy PBXs,” “Deployment Demo,” “Drill Down: Microsoft Office 365,” “UC in the Cloud,” “Fax-over-IP Block,” “Building Your Business with SIP Trunking and Unified,” and “Birds-of-a-Feather Session: Internet.”

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO East 2012, happening now, in Miami, FL. ITEXPO offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. For more information on registering for ITEXPO registration, click here.

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Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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