Have You Heard About SIPNOC?
SIPNOC (SIP Network Operator’s Conference) is a new annual conference for the international service-provider and carrier community. The two-day conference, SIPNOC 2011, “Making SIP Work in the Network”, is scheduled for April 25-27, at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, Virginia. It will bring together the leading technical minds from the telecommunications industry to learn, discuss, and formulate new ideas and strategies concerning the challenges and opportunities for SIP-based carrier services in fixed and mobile IP-network environments. The agenda will feature presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, covering key topics related to SIP-based services and infrastructure, including security, testing, application development, SIP trunking, FoIP, call routing and peering, SIP and IPv6, troubleshooting and monitoring, and emergency services.
Commetrex’ CEO, Mike Coffee, will lead off the presentations on the second day with his update on the current status of the SIP Forum FoIP Task Group’s effort, in co-operation with the i3 Forum’s fax sub-committee, to bring reliable real-time FoIP to the growing global IP-telephony network. Coffee, the SIP Forum’s FoIP Task Group’s co-chair, is leading the co-operative SIP-i3 Forum testing needed to make international FoIP fax-transaction success on a par with faxes over traditional TDM/PSTN networks.
Until just a few years ago, real-time fax-over-IP was confined to enterprise IP use along with limited deployment in service-provider networks. But now, with the increased availability of SIP trunking and T.38 fax-relay support among IP carriers, the boundaries of FoIP deployments are expanding to include IP carriers. From there, the use of FoIP is moving to the global stage where the 37 carrier members of the i3Forum. It’s when those 37 carriers start peering FoIP calls that we see problems.
Until the cooperative testing began last November, there has been no concerted effort by the vendor and carrier communities to work together to test, analyze, and characterize fax over multiple international tandem connections. The ultimate goal of the joint effort is to make implementation recommendations that will support the complete transition to global IP telephony, which will not be possible unless and until IP is a reliable transport for real-time FoIP.
So, why not check out SIPNOC 2011 and get the inside scoop!