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February 08, 2016

SIP Forum Creates SIPconnect Certification Testing Program

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer

The SIP Forum (News - Alert), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information about and creating standards for the session initiation protocol (SIP), has released a new program, SIPconnect Certification Testing Program, that can certify the validity of SIP products and services.

This new program will use the guidelines set forth in the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation, a set of standards the telecom community has agreed will serve as best practices for completing direct IP peering on private branch exchanges and voice-over-IP (VoIP) networks. The goal of the technical recommendation is to make sure that all network elements can smoothly work with one another. A universal following of the standard can make it easier for companies to build new products, and it eliminates the need for businesses to host their own VoIP gateways on premise.

Companies can send their products through the new certification program, which the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Library will host, to receive confirmation that they have met the standard. Marc Robins (News - Alert), the president and managing director of the SIP Forum, commented on the drive for complete interoperability and the basic operation of this new testing program.

“The key to the realization of the full promise of the SIP standard is the drive towards total interoperability within the industry,” Robins said. “This new testing program will help demonstrate that SIPconnect is implementable, accelerate vendor and service provider interoperability, and clearly define what it means to be SIPconnect compliant.”

The mark of meeting this standard will come as an SIPconnect compliant logo that only those products having passed the certification test are allowed to display.

Businesses that rely on such interoperability should find that the certification does them good when promoting their own products and services. Vendors who handle their own creations should, or course, find that a seal of approval will lend some credibility to what they offer. Furthermore, resellers that handle a number of packages from multiple vendors can also capitalize on this certification by explaining to customers that multiple products with the same seal are meant to cooperate without issue.

The testing program will reportedly get its wings through continued support in the SIPconnect Certification Founding Sponsor Program. Businesses that join the founding program will help financially support the continuation of these tests; in return, they will receive discounts on future testing and priority access to the lab.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere
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