What a week it was for session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking; with a wide variety of new products and services coming out in the field, there was plenty to keep track of. Spotting the biggest events in the week isn't always simple, but we have just the tool to help with that, so settle in for our Week in Review coverage, where we spot all the biggest news the week can offer.
First, we had a look at the market for fixed-line telephony services in the Netherlands, and there were some noteworthy developments in the field. Subscribers grew a full 0.5 percent in the first quarter of the year, illustrating gains in the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) field. But reports suggested that the market expansion wouldn't last as it became clear that cable operators are losing market share. That loss means that gains are unsustainable, and that saturation is at hand.
Then we got a look at Securus Technologies, who recently announced that its Secure Calling Platform had been installed and active in 99.6 percent of its customers' facilities. A variety of advantages ranging from regular and automatic updates to remote fixes to problems, often at sufficient speed that the users don't even realize there was a problem to begin with. Meanwhile, a host of benefits are on hand for SCP users, starting with lower costs in both capital and operating expenses and working all the way up to lower recidivism rates for inmates using the system.
Dialogic brought in the next bit of news, joining up with T38Fax.com to produce a new sort of technological alliance. More specifically, the duo announced successful interoperability testing between the T.38 fax over Internet protocol (FoIP) system and Dialogic's Brooktrout SR140. The two systems together help provide a technological edge to faxing, a system many thought was rendered useless by the advance of email and real time communications tools. The combination also allows for the use of fax servers, which can help reduce wasted paper in the office.
Next, Grandstream Networks brought out its new videoconferencing system, the GVC3200. The GVC3200 is specifically designed to be interoperable with some of the biggest names on the market, including Cisco, Polycom and Blue Jeans for starters. It also boasts multi-stream H.264 1080p full HD video, a hardware-based image signal processing system, HDMI and VGA inputs, and a flexible network connection that includes a built-in Gigabit network port and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi client. That allows for Bluetooth devices to be connected in as well.
Finally, we had a look at Sangoma Technologies, who announced the release of session border controller (SBC) 2.2. The newest version brought with it an SIP-based platform with support for both IP and time division multiplexing (TDM) that lets a variety of communications platforms be brought into use. Old systems can be brought into play as well, since the SBC allows support from TDM private branch exchange (PBX) trunks as well as public switched telephone network (PSTN) systems from both E1 and T1 lines.
That was the week that was in SIP trunking, and what a week it was. With plenty of new developments coming out, there was a lot to keep track of, and our global online community was right at the tip of the spear, finding and bringing back all the biggest and best in news. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest, and of course, every weekend for our Week in Review coverage.