The SIP Forum Launches SIPNOC -- SIP Network Operators Conference -- for the Worldwide Service Provider Community
New two-day educational conference for service providers to focus on how to “make SIP work in the network” and address the key operational issues facing SIP in today’s telecom world
NORTH ANDOVER, MA (January 11, 2011) - The SIP Forum announced today the SIP Network Operators Conference (SIPNOC), a new annual conference for the international service provider community. The two-day conference 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. Unlike other events, this conference is for SIP network operations personnel, such as NOC engineers, instead of a high-level conference for executives. The first SIPNOC 2011 conference will be held at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA April 25 -27, 2011. The event website is located at www.sipnoc.org.
“The worldwide service provider community faces a great opportunity as the use of SIP grows, but because of geographic, logistical and technological challenges, it has not had a venue through which it can share and discuss these opportunities amongst itself in a non-commercial, technically-oriented setting,” said SIP Forum Chairman of the Board Richard Shockey. “SIPNOC will provide the first true venue for SIP operators, and will build on the fact that SIP has become THE protocol of choice for carrier VoIP transport and interconnection, universally deployed by enterprises and service providers worldwide. In fact, old FCC estimates state as much as 20 percent of all US carrier-delivered voice is running on a SIP-based infrastructure. That percentage is certainly greater now, and with the introduction of VoLTE in the new mobile networks, SIP will quickly become the dominant protocol for real-time voice communications and eventually video.”
SIPNOC will focus on issues critical to the reliable and successful deployment and operation of SIP-based services in carrier networks. The agenda will feature special presentations, panel discussions and workshops covering key topics by network operators related to SIP-based services and infrastructure, including testing, application development, SIP trunking, FoIP, call routing and peering, troubleshooting and monitoring, emergency services and more.
Attendees at SIPNOC will include telecommunications providers, major backbone operators, interconnect and wholesale solution providers, ISPs, cable operators, wireless network operators as well as large enterprises deploying major SIP initiatives.
“SIP services and infrastructure continue to be deployed from the network core out to the edge at an ever increasing rate as network operators recognize the business and technology benefits of IP communications,” said Eric Burger, SIP Forum Chairman Emeritus and Chairman of the SIPNOC Program Committee. “As global networks continue to transform themselves to IP, there remain a number of challenges – SIPNOC is designed to help operators understand these challenges and opportunities in an academic and non-commercial environment.”
The SIP Forum has gained an international reputation for developing important, educational events surrounding SIP. The organization’s SIPit series of interoperability testing events regularly provides a test bed for SIP-based applications and equipment that has been heralded as critical for the development of new products and services in the industry. The SIP Forum also has a number of committees and task groups made up of well-known industry experts examining a myriad of SIP-related topics, including the use of SIP in smart grid installations, FoIP, video, and user-agent configuration.
“The SIP Forum is dedicated to providing technical guidance and support of the SIP protocol across all audiences, and SIPNOC is yet another example of that dedication,” said Marc Robins, President and Managing Director of the SIP Forum. “We believe this conference will become another lynchpin in our events portfolio and we are very excited about its potential on a global scale.”
For More Information and to Register
For more information about SIPNOC, please visit www.sipnoc.org or send an email to
A special early-bird registration rate of $595 – $200 off the regular rate of $795 -- is now in effect until February 11, 2011! To register for SIPNOC, please visit http://www.regonline.com/sipnoc_2011.
For information about corporate sponsorship opportunities at SIPNOC, please contact Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director, at 718-548-7245 or marc.robins “at” sipforum.org.
About the SIP Forum
The SIP Forum is an IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities that promote and advance SIP-based technology, such as the development of industry recommendations, the SIPit interoperability and testing events, special interoperability workshops, educational seminars, and general promotion of SIP in the industry. One of the Forum's notable technical activities is the development of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation -- a standards-based recommendation that provides detailed guidelines for direct IP peering and interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks. The SIPconnect Compliant Certification Program is an associated program through which eligible companies can gain SIPconnect validation and the right to license the use of the SIP Forum's 'SIPconnect Compliant' certification mark -- the official brand of the leading standard for SIP Trunking products and services. Other important Forum initiatives include work in Fax-over-IP interoperability, User Agent Configuration, and the opportunities for SIP in Smart Grid deployments. For more information, please visit: http://www.sipforum.org.
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