Registration extended to October 14, ETSI’s Centre for Testing and Interoperability to host five-day testing event; IPv6 interop testing expected to top agenda
NORTH ANDOVER, MA (October 6, 2011) – The SIP Forum has announced that registration for its next SIP Interoperability Testing event, SIPit 29, to be held October 24-28, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco has been extended through October 14. 2011. The international event, hosted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), is open for registration to any equipment vendor, developer, carrier or other company dealing with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) implementations.
At SIPit 29, participating companies will test a variety of SIP-based applications and implementations in assorted network environments and topologies. The upcoming event later this month expects to focus particular attention on IPv6 interoperability as the industry prepares for the global rollout of this next generation Internet protocol. In addition, participating companies will also test and review SIP-related video and telepresence applications and implementations. Continuing a trend from earlier events, IPv6 interoperability testing will help participants uncover new, positive information surrounding interoperability of IPv6 equipment and services, particularly when implementations use a combination of IPv6 and IPv4 for media and signaling.
“SIPit 29 will once again bring together the world’s foremost equipment vendors and service providers across the IP communications industry to test and validate their SIP implementations in a live, real-world IP network setting in Monte Carlo,” said Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director. “We expect that IPv6 interop testing will once again be a top agenda item along with SIP trunking and SIP security implementations, which collectively should help address some key technical issues in these critical areas.”
The advanced testing sessions at the 29th SIPit will also focus on appropriate handling of early media from more than one source, advanced multimedia sessions, secure media, and resilient operation in the presence of NATs and firewalls.
Conducted by the SIP Forum twice a year, SIPits are the world’s premier interoperability testing events for SIP, bringing together leading SIP application developers, service providers and IP communications equipment manufacturers to ensure their SIP implementations work seamlessly together in an IP network testing environment. An important goal of the SIPit events is to help refine both the SIP protocol and its implementations in order to reinforce SIP as the global interoperable standard for real-time Internet communication services.
“Over the course of 28 SIPit events, this program has grown and evolved to become one of the most effective and important SIP testbeds for both implementations and specifications in the world,” said Robert Sparks, chair of the SIP Forum’s Test Event Working Group. “We have consistently attracted participation from both past SIPit veterans and newcomers, as SIP continues to mature, and after every event participants indicate that a week spent at SIPit provides results that would have taken months to achieve with individual pair-wise testing.”
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 28 events around the globe. The previous event, SIPit 28, was held at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama’s Research Park.
SIPit 29 registration has been extended to October 14, and companies interested in attending the event can register at http://www.etsi.org/plugtests/SIPIT29/registration.htm. For information about past SIPits, please visit www.sipit.net.
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose 740 member companies and organizations, drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide, determine the ETSI work program and participate directly in its work.
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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, video interoperability, SIP and IPv6, and the opportunities for SIP in Smart Grid deployments. For more information, please visit: https://www.sipforum.org.
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