The International Packet Communications Consortium (Booth 717) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the European equivalent of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The MOU creates a two-way street for service providers and vendors on both continents to begin defining interoperability standards for VoIP technology.
The first VoIP interoperability test event resulting from the MOU is scheduled for the end of November in France, says Manuel Vexler, marketing director for the IPCC. Plug test events bring vendors and service providers together in a neutral environment; entities test their hardware and software on a simulated network to learn how, or whether, their technologies interface. The IPCC and ETSI then will set guidelines for service providers and vendors that facilitate interoperability.