NORTH ANDOVER, MA and LUXEMBOURG (March 17, 2010) (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) – Leading technology industry associations The SIP Forum and the IPv6 Forum (www.ipv6forum.com) have joined forces to drive the deployment and interoperability of session initiation protocol (SIP) and Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) related technologies and services. Under terms of the partnership, the two organizations plan to collaborate on a number of initiatives to educate and co-promote the deployment and integration of these two next-generation protocols throughout the industry.
“SIP and IPv6 are the two fundamental Internet plumbing pieces of the future Internet. This partnership will allow the SIP Forum and the IPv6 Forum to leverage each organization’s powerful worldwide user base to drive the right knowledge and best practices to the Internet community at large,” said Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 Forum & Emeritus Trustee Internet Society. “This union will smooth the adoption of these two technologies and spur Internet growth and solid sustainability.”
In the next few months, the SIP Forum and IPv6 Forum leadership will work together to formulate a joint program calendar for their combined membership which may include co- marketing and industry events, technology interoperability initiatives and technical working group collaboration.
“The SIP Forum shares a similar mission and vision as the IPv6 Forum for the broad interoperability and adoption of open standards, next generation Internet-based technologies and services,” said Richard Shockey, SIP Forum Chairman of the Board. “By coming together, our two organizations can help move the industry forward and develop the foundation to fuel a new generation of communications innovation.”
IPv6 is a next generation Internet protocol designed to replace and improve upon IPv4 which serves as the fundamental transportation layer protocol for today’s Internet. IPv6 has a number of enhanced features and functionality designed to improve the security of IP traffic and provide more support for real-time communications. IPv6 syncs seamlessly with SIP in the application layer, which serves as next generation signaling protocol for handling VoIP and multimedia communications over IP networks.
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, special interest groups, 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: https://www.sipforum.org.
About the IPv6 Forum
The IPv6 Forum is a world-wide consortium of leading Internet service vendors, National Research & Education Networks (NRENs) and international ISPs, with a clear mission to promote IPv6 by improving market and user awareness, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology. The key focus of the IPv6 Forum today is to provide technical guidance for the deployment of interoperability thru its IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logo Programs.
For further information, please contact:
Managing Director, SIP Forum
President, IPv6 FORUM
Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society
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