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August 21, 2007

ITEXPO Session Preview: What's New with VoIP Peering

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Associate Editor

Companies that sell VoIP and electronic numbering (ENUM) services, especially those that work in the wholesale market, often are challenged to find cost-effective network usage for delivering their offerings to customers.
Specifically, it is more expensive to deliver voice services using the public switched telephone network (PSTN) than private IP networks or the public Internet. To cut costs, many providers have banded together in a system known as “VoIP peering.” This refers to an arrangement in which providers either agree to let other each other deliver services for free over one another networks, or buy transit from each other at discounted rates.
Peering has been in use for many years in the IP bandwidth industry, but using it for voice services is somewhat of a new advent. Thus providers may not know what currently is happening in the VoIP peering market.
A session at the upcoming INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference& EXPO West 2007, "The State of VoIP Peering," will address this very topic. Attendees will learn how they can benefit by utilizing VoIP peering, and what the latest trends are in this industry.
Co-presenting this session (scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2007 from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.) will be Kingsley Hill, vice president of strategic federations at Xconnect and representatives from TransNexus, Inc., Primal Solutions (News - Alert), telx and VoEX. These expert panelists will review what’s happening with VoIP peering today, as well as the industry’s history. Analogies and examples will be used to explain current trends and why VoIP peering is having a significant impact on the economics of the communications industry.
VoIP Peering (News - Alert) and ENUM technologies enable service providers to achieve the benefits of multi-lateral SIP interconnects, alternative settlement models, reduced termination costs and advanced VoIP features,” explained XConnect’s (News - Alert) Katz in a statement.
While you’re waiting for ITEXPO (and this particular session) to start, check out XConnect’s TMCnet.com channel, VoIP Peering.

What’s the best resource to learn about latest trends in the IP communications industry? Why, INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO, of course. ITEXPO West 2007 is just around the corner—this year it’s being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, Sept. 10-12. Register here. Preview sessions, speakers and exhibitors.

Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.

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