CTO Summit at VON to Produce Plan for New IP Peering Fabric

PHOENIX (August 12, 2009) — Virgo Publishing, a leading B2B information services company, announced today that the 2009 VON Conference & Expo ( will host a CTO Summit at which leading competitive service providers will develop a road map for creating a nationwide IP-based peering fabric that will bypass the legacy PSTN and support advanced services such as HD voice.

Conceived by a small group of visionary telecom veterans along with VON editor Richard Martin, the CTO Summit will gather CTOs and CEOs from among the most innovative service providers in advanced IP-based communications today. Committed to attending so far are Alteva, Telesphere, Simple Signal, Callis Communications, ISN Telcom, Broadcore, Global IP Solutions and Consolidated Technologies. In addition, Broadsoft, the leading provider of hosted VoIP applications platforms, and Polycom, the worldwide leader in unified communication and collaboration, video conferencing and IP-based phone systems, will spearhead the program.

“At VON we don’t just talk about the future – we shape it,” said Martin. “Our goal for the CTO Summit will be to not only explore an alternative to the PSTN, but to come away with a concrete plan and a timetable for creating it.”

Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22, the CTO Summit will be presented as part of the VON Conference & Expo, which covers service provider transformation and the advanced IP communications industries. Attendance at the CTO Summit is by invitation only.

“We have discussed the possibility of creating a peering network that would allow us to call each other’s subscribers ‘on net’ so we can deliver HD voice,” said Dave Gilbert, CEO of SimpleSignal. “This led to the idea of creating an alternative PSTN that would allow us to bypass the traditional carriers. We’ve been talking about this for a long time — now is the time for us to start doing something.”

To register for the VON Conference & Expo, go to for a full agenda and travel information.

About the VON Conference & Expo

Focused on service provider transformation and the future of IP communications, the VON Conference & Expo showcases the best of the global IP communications world for service providers and large enterprises. Roundtables, keynotes, panels and Q&A sessions go beyond the pitch to examine the financial, operational, marketing and technological strategies, best practices and solutions for introducing innovative applications and products that resonate with users. Meanwhile, the exhibit floor features industry leaders and exciting startups with plenty of opportunities to interact with key decision-makers and industry luminaries. VON is the only IP-focused event of its kind. For more information, visit

About Virgo Publishing

Virgo Publishing is a dynamic information services company specializing in communications through print and electronic media, trade shows and special events, education and training and value-added business services. In general, each print magazine serves as a platform to create communities through the integration of publishing, events and the Web. For information, visit

Virgo Publishing produces business-to-business media and conferences across four verticals. Virgo Publishing’s Telecom Division includes four titles: xchange, PHONE+, Billing & OSS World and VON. It also includes three trade shows: Channel Partners Conference & Expo, Billing & OSS World Conference & Expo and the VON Conference & Expo.

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