The two-day educational conference for service providers to be held in Herndon, VA, June 25-27, 2012; SIPNOC 2012 US early bird registration to begin in mid-November
NORTH ANDOVER, MA (November 8, 2011) – The SIP Forum announced today that it will host the second annual SIP Network Operators Conference (SIPNOC US 2012), a two day educational conference focusing on the challenges and opportunities related to the deployment of SIP-based carrier services globally. SIPNOC US 2012 will be held in Herndon, VA on June 25-27, 2012 and will build on the success of the inaugural event last spring, which attracted leading technical and operations personnel from the global carrier community and earned high praise from attendees for its educational, non-commercial and technical content that focused on the real-world challenges operators face when deploying SIP services in global IP networks.
“SIP network implementations continue to grow within the international service provider community and with the acceleration of global SIP internetworking across new geographies and diverse network topologies come new technological, logistical and business challenges that need to be addressed, and that was the impetus for SIPNOC,” said SIP Forum Chairman of the Board Richard Shockey. “Prior to last year’s inaugural event, the network operator community had very few options for coming together to meet, discuss and share ideas and knowledge about SIP implementation issues in a non-commercial, technically-oriented setting. SIPNOC provides that unique setting.”
The SIP Forum will release further details about SIPNOC US 2012 including sign-up for early bird registration in November at its conference website www.sipnoc.org.
SIPNOC 2012 will bring together 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. The conference, which is designed specifically for SIP network operations personnel and engineering staff, will feature well-known industry speakers and a number of highly technical educational and instructional panels and sessions. The SIP Forum will also host networking events at the conference and offer a series of informal “Birds of a Feather” sessions, which encourage discussion of varying topics held in hallways, available meeting rooms and break-out areas.
“SIPNOC is yet another element of the SIP Forum’s event portfolio that demonstrates our dedication to providing technical guidance and support of the SIP protocol across all audiences,” said Marc Robins, President and Managing Director of the SIP Forum. “Based on the success of last year’s event and the ensuing response from our membership and colleagues worldwide, we expect this event to continue and grow for some time.”
SIPNOC 2012 will build on themes first discussed at last year’s inaugural event: addressing issues critical to the reliable and successful deployment and operation of SIP-based services in carrier networks and the opportunities that come with it. Among the topics expected to be on the agenda at this year’s conference are SIP trunking interoperability and the SIP Forum’s recently ratified SIPconnect 1.1 technical specification that provides a definitive and standardized set of guidelines for seamless, end-to-end interoperability between SIP-enabled IP-PBXs and service provider networks. Other themes to be discussed include Fax over Internet protocol (FoIP) interworking, implementing SIP with IPv6, and the sharing of best practices for the utilization of Wireshark for network diagnostics within IP network environments.
“We created SIPNOC with the intention of providing a meeting place for the international community of communications engineers and network operations professionals who deal with the real-world intricacies of SIP on a day-to-day basis,” added Robins. “We want to build on the positive momentum from last year’s event where were able to initiate discussions that are already having a tangible, positive impact on the global SIP networking community. We expect this year’s event to be even more successful.”
Building on the success of these US-based SIPNOC events, the SIP Forum is expected to announce details for a Europe-based event – SIPNOC EU 2012. The dates and location of the next event will be released later this year.
SIPNOC US 2012 will be held at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA June 25 -27, 2012. The event website is located at www.sipnoc.org.
Attendees at SIPNOC US 2012 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. At last year’s SIPNOC 2011, informational presentations were made by a number of industry professionals from organizations such as Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, Sprint Nextel, CableLabs and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Dr. Douglas C. Sicker, Chief Technologist at the Federal Communications Commission, provided the keynote speech.
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.
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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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