COMPTEL Classroom Debuts in Expo Hall, Studies Voice Peering and IMS

This fall, the organizers of the COMPTEL PLUS show want to send attendees back to school with its new COMPTEL Classroom programming short tutorials on hot topics delivered on the exhibit floor.

Featured COMPTEL Classroom lecture topics include voice peering and IMS. Many of the COMPTEL members have expressed interest in learning more about these subjects at a basic level what is it, who is doing it and what are the revenue opportunities, said Jaymie Scotto, a spokeswoman for the COMPTEL PLUS programming committee.

In addition, she said, it will give attendees who have an expo-only pass a sample of the educational programming offered as part of the events agenda. Indeed, the two planned COMPTEL Classroom presentations are distillations of in-depth sessions.

Shrihari Pandit, president and CEO of Stealth Communications and founder of the Voice Peering Fabric, will take to the expo floor for a half-hour (9:30 – 10 a.m. today) to talk about voice peering and the VPF, a member-based traffic exchange that carried more than 18 billion VoIP minutes in 2005. He also will kick off the Voice Peering Track (see related story on Page 10), which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow, with the session Voice Peering Hardware and Software Elements. The other two sessions in the track are Transitioning SS7/TCAP and 411 Services to IP and ENUM and Least-Cost Routing.

Michael Khalilian, co-founder, chairman and president of the IMS Forum (Booth 110) and CTO for eLEC/Vox, will spend his half-hour (11 – 11:30 a.m. today) discussing IMS, the services framework that enables service providers to tap IP to offer blending applications across wireless and wireline networks. His presentation will provide a technological overview of IMS, examine the revenue-generating possibilities and address current deployments. Khalilian also will be a featured presenter in the IMS Workshop this afternoon from 3:10 – 5 p.m. (see related story below). This workshop will examine basic principles and the promise of IMS, as well as challenges and opportunities currently facing carriers/service providers, hardware vendors and application developers.

Khalilian will be joined by Amit Patel, CTO, U.S. Major Markets, Lucent Technologies Inc. (A separate registration fee of $125 is required to attend this workshop.)

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