SIP Trunking Interoperability Initiative Introduced

The SIP Forum is rolling out a new technical initiative aimed at demonstrating and accelerating vendor and service provider interoperability with the SIPconnect 1.1 Technical Specification, which was ratified by the SIP Forum earlier this year.

Called SIPconnect-IT, the initiative will include a series of testing events designed to provide application developers, equipment vendors and operators from across all of telecommunications a platform from which to demonstrate and test implementations of this SIP trunking interoperability specification in live, real-world scenarios.

CableLabs will host the first SIPconnect-IT testing event, planned for mid-2012 in Louisville, Colorado.

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.”

The SIPconnect 1.1 Technical Recommendation provides a framework for direct IP peering between SIP-enabled enterprises and service provider networks, ensuring the interoperability of network elements across the IP environment and providing best-practices guidelines for vendors and service providers as they develop new equipment and IP applications for deployment.

SIPconnect 1.1 contributing companies include Acme Packet, AT&T, Avaya,, Boeing, Broadsoft, CableLabs, Cablevision, Cbeyond, Cisco, Columbia University, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, Digium, Encore Software, GENBAND, Global Crossing, Huawei, Ingate Systems, MetaSwitch, Microsoft, NeuStar, Nokia, Nortel, PAETEC, Panasonic, Pbxnsip, Polycom, Radvision, Samsung, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Sonus Networks, Tekelec, Tele2 Nederland, Voxeo, and XO Communications.

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