Week-long interoperability testing event drew attendees from 28 companies in 15 countries; SIP security and IPv6 interworking highlight the 42 distinct implementations tested at the event
NORTH ANDOVER, MA (July 7, 2010) – The SIP Forum has announced the results of its latest SIP Interoperability Testing event, SIPit 26, the world’s premier interoperability testing event for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for SIP application developers, service providers, and IP communications equipment manufacturers, held May 17-21, 2010 in Kista, Sweden. The five-day testing event demonstrated continued growth and evolution in SIP-based technology as SIP-based consumer and enterprise applications become more broadly deployed across fixed and mobile IP network topologies.
The event, which was hosted by Edvina and TANDBERG and sponsored by Intertex, Ingate, and .se, with the IPv6 Forum serving as an association sponsor, provided 28 attending companies with valuable “real-world” deployment data gathered from the 42 SIP implementations conducted during the week as participants tested SIP interworking in a variety of simulated, live IP network conditions and settings. Of particular note was an increase over past events in the number of Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP) and TLS implementations for secure SIP interworking, and the continued and steady growth of IPv6 implementations.
“As SIP communications become more widely prevalent, securing SIP at both the application and media layers through SRTP and TLS is critical,” said Robert Sparks, chair of the SIP Forum’s Test Event Working Group and organizer of SIPit 26. “Other interesting developments were the growth of IPv6 and a large number of participants testing network edge-specific scenarios with ICE and TURN implementations.”
A full summary report of SIPit 26 results is available at the SIP Forum website or by clicking here (https://www.sipit.net/SIPit26_Summary).
“SIPit events bring together a diverse array of stakeholders from the global telecom community – SIP application developers, IP communications equipment manufacturers, and service providers – and provides them with an opportunity to glean valuable technical data about new SIP specifications and implementations important to their business, in a neutral setting,” said Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director. “The event and the resulting data also give standards bodies such as the IETF a good progress report on the growth of SIP and the specific SIP implementations that are becoming more widely adopted in the service provider, enterprise, and consumer markets.”
SIPit is organized by the SIP Forum’s Test Event Working Group (TEWG) and serves as a “plugfest” for participating companies to perform SIP interoperability testing with other participants in a live network environment. Conducted twice a year, with events rotating in the United States, Europe, and Asia, the SIP Forum has hosted 26 plugfest events around the globe. In the coming months, the SIP Forum will release details about its next event – SIPit 27 – which will take place this fall. For information about past SIPits, please visit www.sipit.net.
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: https://www.sipforum.org.
Edvina is a company with many years’ experience in TCP/IP networking and IP Communications solutions. Edvina has been active in software development, software distribution, consulting, training and conferences since 1987. Since its inception, the keyword “open” has been Edvina’s mantra – open networking, open standards and open source.
Edvina has been involved with an array of projects, including the installation, configuration and custom development and documentation of Asterisk – the Open Source PBX; VoIP training – including SIP Express Router and Asterisk; XMPP/Jabber installations and development; VoIP architectures for service providers; large-scale SIP PBX services for Universities; scalability, failover and load balancing for SIP infrastructures; and security audits of VoIP infrastructures for carriers and enterprises. For more information, please visit http://edvina.net.
TANDBERG is the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition video conferencing and mobile video products and services with dual headquarters in New York and Norway. TANDBERG designs, develops and markets systems and software for video, voice and data. The company provides sales, support and value-added services in more than 90 countries worldwide. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.OL. Please visit www.tandberg.com for more information. TANDBERG is a trademark or registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries.
About Intertex Data AB
Intertex Data AB was founded in 1982 by current CEO Karl Erik Stahl. The company develops and markets communication and security products. Currently, the focus is on next generation broadband access products following the SIP standard and Live person-to-person IP Communication. The products include feature rich ADSL modems and firewalls prepared for SIP based IP Telephony, Presence, Instant Messaging and Video Conferencing, both over the Internet and over IMS networks. Intertex has won several International awards for creative product design as well as business excellence. For further information, see www.intertexdata.com.
About Ingate® Systems
Ingate® Systems develops firewall technology to enable global SIP-based person-to-person communication such as IP telephony, presence, Instant Messaging, video conferencing, IP-PBX connections and Unified Communications. With a history based in security, Ingate offers enterprises, service providers and carriers elegant solutions that make trusted SIP communications possible beyond the LAN. Among the company’s award-winning products are the Ingate Firewall® and Enterprise Session Border Controllers (E-SBCs) including the Ingate SIParator® and the Intertex IX78 E-SBC for operator volume SIP trunking deployments. These are widely used to connect service providers’ SIP trunks to enterprise IP-PBXs and Unified Communication solutions and to allow remote users outside the LAN. Ingate products are used by retail companies, financial institutions, industrial firms, government agencies and small-to-large enterprises throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Ingate Systems AB is headquartered in Stockholm. Sweden. Its U.S. headquarters is located in Hollis, New Hampshire. For more information on Ingate Systems, visit www.ingate.com.
.SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) is an independent utility that acts to promote positive development of the Internet in Sweden. .SE is responsible for the Internet’s Swedish top-level domain, .se, encompassing domain name registration and administration, as well as the technical operation of the national domain name register. Profits from domain name registrations are used to support projects that contribute to Internet development in Sweden through both its own operations and the financing of independent projects. For more information, visit http://www.iis.se.
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 through its IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logo Programs. For more information, visit www.ipv6forum.com.
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