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SIPNOC 2018 Overview

The SIP Forum Presents:


SIPNOC 2018 logo

The SIP Network Operators Conference
“Making SIP Work Better in the Network”

Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel, Herndon, VA – December 4-6, 2018

Note: SIPNOC 2018 has concluded. This is an archived page that contains information about the event. For more information about upcoming SIPNOC conferences, please contact Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director, at marc.robins@sipforum.org


Presented by the SIP Forum, the leading industry association focused on the advancement of IP communications products and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), the eighth annual SIPNOC conference is a unique event for service providers and carriers to gather to discuss the challenges of deploying and implementing SIP-based communications technology, and to learn the best-practices and strategies that enable the successful and profitable operation of SIP-based services and applications. Distinguishing the event from other industry conferences, SIPNOC 2018 is not a sales event, a marketing event, nor an event for corporate positioning.

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SIPNOC 2018 Venue and Dates

In order to make travel to SIPNOC 2018 from points in Europe as well as locations in the United States as convenient as possible, the SIP Forum will be hosting SIPNOC 2018 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel in Herndon, Virginia, just a few minutes from Dulles airport.

The dates for SIPNOC 2018 are confirmed for Tuesday, December 4 – Thursday, December 6, 2018.

For travel planning purposes, you should plan to arrive at the venue on Monday, December 3. The special Robocall Summit being offered at this year’s event will start promptly the morning of Tuesday, December 4th.

Who Should Attend SIPNOC 2018?

SIPNOC 2018 is a special event for operational personnel from service providers of all stripes, including:

  • Telcos
  • Major Backbone Providers
  • Interconnect and Wholesale Solution Providers
  • ISPs
  • ITSPs (Internet Telephony Service Providers)
  • Cable Operators
  • Hosted and Managed Service Providers
  • Wireless Network Operators
  • International PTTs
  • Large Enterprises

Specifically, SIPNOC 2018 has been developed for the technical and operational staff of service providers, including network architects and engineers.

SIPNOC 2018 Agenda, Program Committee and CFP

The SIPNOC 2018 Agenda is now live!

The SIPNOC Program Committee ensures that the SIPNOC 2018 agenda is built by a panel of operational experts and presented in a setting that will encourage the meaningful exchange of day-to-day operational experiences.

The program committee reviews workshop topic proposals and draft presentations, helping to ensure that the resulting discussions focus on implementation experiences and best practices relating to deploying SIP in the network.

The official SIPNOC 2018 Call For Presentations contains specific timelines and deadlines for submissions, and well as the various policies that govern the selection of content for the conference.

New for 2018! The Robocall Summit

New at SIPNOC 2018, The SIP Forum will host a special Robocall Summitavailable to all SIPNOC 2018 Regular and Full Member “All-Access” attendees at no additional cost. The SIPNOC Robocall Summit, to be held on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, has been specifically developed for industry stakeholders in the Robocall and Caller ID Spoofing elimination/mitigation ecosystem, including service providers seeking to deploy new solutions, governmental regulators and agencies, equipment manufacturers, enterprise and government agency contact centers, application providers and data analytics firms.

To address unwanted and illegal Robocalls, the SIP Forum and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) formed the Network to Network Interface (NNI) Joint Task Force to develop standards to verify and authenticate caller identification for calls carried over an Internet Protocol (IP) network using the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). The outcome of this effort has been the SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework.

The Robocall Summit, comprised of presentations and panel discussions given by the experts responsible for the development of the STIR/SHAKEN Framework, will examine in detail the work and milestones of this Task Force, as well as the efforts of various industry stakeholders. With currently more than 150 participants, the NNI Task Force has been meeting regularly for the past four years to define specifications to support SIP-based Service Provider to Service Provider IP Interconnection. The Task Force is comprised of telecommunications technical experts representing a range of telephony service providers and suppliers, both large and small, which serve both consumers and businesses.

Important, associated domestic and international regulatory issues will also be on the Summit agenda, as the United States Federal Communications Commission, the CRTC in Canada, and OFCOM in the United Kingdom, have all endorsed this important work.

The ATIS and SIP Forum SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework consists of a three-phase approach to solving the issue of caller identification, using a digital certificate scheme to “verify and authenticate caller identification for calls carried over an Internet Protocol (IP) network.”

Phase 1 consists of the development of the SHAKEN framework, based on the protocols developed by the IETF’s STIR working group (the STIR framework), and describes the operations necessary for making an authenticated telephone call using the SHAKEN framework.

Phase 2 consists of the development of a “Governance Model and Certificate Management for the Trust Anchor,” describing the way in which entities will be granted the trust necessary to vouch for call authenticity, and the organizational structures needed to manage this process. Specifically, this work introduces a governance model and defines X.509 certificate management procedures. Certificate management provides mechanisms for validation of a certificate and verification of the associated digital signature, allowing for the identification of illegitimate use of national telecommunications infrastructure.

Phase 3 consists of the development of a “Call Validation Display Framework” that will recommend how to display SHAKEN/STIR information to contact center professionals, enterprise users, and consumers.

More SIPNOC 2018 Conference Topics

SIPNOC 2018 will focus on issues critical to the reliable and successful deployment and operation of SIP-based services in today’s IP-based network environment.

SIPNOC 2018 will feature an agenda over the course of three days that includes a special, intensive Robocall Summit on the first day of the event, and a combination of special presentations and panel discussions during the conference’s general session on the following two days — an agenda designed to address the most important topics for today’s network operator.

Workshops, BOFs and Sessions will focus on topics such as:

  • Application Development
  • Testing Considerations and Tools
  • WebRTC
  • Building a NextGen SIP-NOC
  • Standardization Issues and Progress
  • SIP Trunking and SIPconnect
  • FoIP/T.38 Deployment
  • User-Agent Configuration
  • IPv6 Deployment Challenges
  • NNI (Network-to-Network Interconnection)
  • Mitigating Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing
  • Policy Servers
  • Security
  • Operational Issues
  • Scaling and Capacity Issues
  • Call Routing and Peering
  • Troubleshooting and Monitoring
  • SIP Interconnection (SIP-to-SS7 signaling gateways)
  • HD-Voice Deployment Challenges
  • Video Interop Issues
  • Emergency Services

Extraordinary SIPNOC 2018 Keynotes!

The SIP Forum is very proud to have an extraordinary lineup of keynote speakers set to take the podium at this year’s SIPNOC, including Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Chairman and CEO Ian Scott, Current United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chief Technology Officer Dr. Eric Burger,  former FCC CTO and SIP Pioneer Dr. Henning Schulzrinne, and Jonathan Rosenberg, outgoing Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco Systems.

Read the full announcement here.

About CRTC Chairman and CEO Ian Scott

CRTC Chairman and CEO Ian Scott has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors. After working at the Competition Bureau, he joined the CRTC from 1990 to 1994, where he collaborated on the development of a framework for long-distance telephone service competition in Canada. Between 2007 and 2008, as part of the Executive Interchange Program, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman at the CRTC.

Before rejoining the CRTC in 2017, Mr. Scott held various executive positions in the communications industry, including at Telesat Canada, Telus and Call-Net Enterprises, one of the first companies to offer competition in the Canadian long-distance market. He also provided leadership on broadcasting policy and regulatory issues as an executive at the Canadian Cable Television Association.

About U.S. FCC CTO Dr. Eric Burger

The United States Federal Communications Commission’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Eric Burger serves as an advisor to the Chairman and as the senior technology expert in the agency.

Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Burger served as director of the Security and Software Engineering Research Center in Washington, DC. The center helps propose solutions to network problems like Robocalling, rural call completion, accessibility of communications for Americans with hearing and speech impairments, reducing the cost of deploying and operating communications networks, and ensuring communication network security and stability. He holds patents in telecommunications and is an expert in standards for telecommunications, network, and Internet technologies.

Dr. Burger has also held senior engineering and technology positions in various telecommunications companies and served as a technology consultant to others. He is also the Former Chairman of the SIP Forum, and he has taught computer science at Georgetown University, George Mason University, and The George Washington University. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Dr. Henning Schulzrinne

Serving as CTO and in various other roles at the FCC from 2010 to 2017, Dr. Schulzrinne guided the organization’s work on technology and engineering issues, together with the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Schulzrinne holds the Julian Clarence Levi Chair of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University. Over the course of his career, he has published more than 250 journal and conference papers and more than 70 Internet Requests for Comment (RFCs) – working to shape the key protocols for enabling voice-over-IP (VoIP) and other multimedia applications, including the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) which have become Internet Standards. His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, applied network engineering, wireless networks, security, communication policy, and performance evaluation.

About Jonathan Rosenberg

Jonathan Rosenberg was most recently the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Collaboration Technology Group (CTG) at Cisco. In that role, he was responsible for the product and technology strategy for Cisco’s multi-billion dollar collaboration portfolio. He was the principle behind Cisco Spark, Cisco’s new cloud architecture and associated client software and hardware.

Jonathan has dedicated his career to transforming the Telecommunications industry. Prior to rejoining Cisco in early 2013, Jonathan was Skype’s Chief Technology Strategist, where he guided the company’s technology strategy. Before that, he was a Cisco Fellow, focused on IP collaboration. Jonathan is most well known in the industry for his lead authorship of the SIP protocol. He is the 4th most impactful author of Internet standards of all time, and many of his technologies -SIP, STUN, TURN, ICE, SIMPLE – are now the foundations of modern IP telecoms. In his roles over the years Jonathan shipped many of the industry’s first products – first SIP stack, first SIP proxy, first Session Border Controller (SBC), first SIP application server, first Internet Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network, and the second team collaboration tool.

Jonathan received his bachelors and masters from MIT and holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University. In 2002 he was named one of the most innovative young technologists in the world by Technology Review magazine. He also was named a “Top Supergeek” by CRN and won a Pulver Von Pioneer award for contributions to the VoIP industry. In 2015 he was presented with the Ohio University Strowger Award for transformational innovation in the Telecommunications industry.

SIPNOC 2018 Speaker Lineup

SIPNOC 2018 is proud to have the following individuals share their knowledge and expertise, including:

  • Andy Balthaser, Vice President, Compliance, Alorica
  • Mary Barnes, iconectiv, IETF DISPATCH WG Chair, and Director, SIP Forum
  • Keith Buell, Senior Counsel/Director, Sprint
  • Dr. Eric Burger, CTO, Federal Communications Commission
  • Mark Collier, CTO, SecureLogix
  • Dr. Ann Cox, Program Manager, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Division
  • Martin Dolly, Lead Member Technical Staff, Core & Government/Regulatory Standards, AT&T and Director, SIP Forum
  • Julie Fowler, Senior Sales Engineer Architect, First Orion
  • Russ Housley, Principal, Vigilsec, and and Co-Chair of the IETF STIR WG
  • Kevin Isacks, VP SaaS Solutions Engineering, Ribbon Communications
  • Rebekah Johnson, Founder and CEO, Numeracle
  • Dr. Wolfgang Kampichler, Corporate Research Principal, Frequentis AG
  • Robert Kinder, Sr. Manager, Commercial Voice Product Development, Cox Communications, and Director, SIP Forum
  • Karl Koster, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Noble Systems
  • Mark Lindsey, MTS, ECG
  • Sergio Lopez, Engineering Manager, Marcatel
  • Dr. Douglas Maughan, Director, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Division
  • Jim McEachern, ATIS
  • Amitava Mukherjee, CEO, Redshift Networks
  • Jonathan Nelson, Director of Product Management, Hiya
  • Chris Oatway, Associate General Counsel, Verizon
  • Jim O’Brien, VP of Server Engineering, CounterPath
  • Russ Penar, Principal Service Engineer, Microsoft
  • Alan Percy, Senior Director of Product Marketing, TelcoBridges
  • Ken Politz, Product Management Director, Neustar
  • Gary Richenaker, Principal Solutions Architect, iconectiv
  • Marc Robins, President and Managing Director, SIP Forum, and CEO, RCG
  • Jonathan Rosenberg, Outgoing Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco Systems
  • Ian Scott, Chairman and CEO, Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
  • Manpreet Singh, Director Signaling and IP Architecture and Innovations Engineering, iBasis
  • Richard Shockey, Chairman of the Board, SIP Forum and Principal, Shockey Consulting
  • Dr. Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University Professor and Former FCC CTO
  • Vincent Sritipan, Mobile & Security R&D Program Manager, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Division
  • Linda Vandeloop, AVP External Affairs/Regulatory, AT&T and Chair, STI Governance Authority
  • Steve Welham, Systems Architect, Metaswitch Networks
  • Chris Wendt, Principle Architect, IP Communications and Services, Comcast, and Director, SIP Forum

View the full SIPNOC 2018 agenda.

Attending Companies and Organizations

While the international carrier and service provider community is the lynchpin of the SIPNOC conferences, industry stakeholders involved in major SIP initiatives such as network equipment vendors, government agency representatives, large enterprise network operators and academic research organizations are also encouraged to attend.

The three-day conference, which focuses on the challenges and opportunities related to the deployment of SIP-based services in global service provider networks, has attracted technical leadership from MSOs and carriers from North America, South America and Europe including Accent Communications, ADP, Airespring, Allstream, AT&T, Armstrong Utilities, babyTel, Bandwidth, Bell Canada, Bluetone Communications, Brighthouse Networks, British Telecom, Broadvox, CableOne, Cablevision, Centracom, CDK Global, Cincinnati Bell, Cinchcast, Charter Communications, Cologix, Comcast, Consolidated Telecom, COX Communications, Deutsch Telecom, Dialpad, E Street Communications, Evolve IP, Frontier Communications, Global Crossing, GRUPO GTD, Hargray Communications, iBasis, IDT, IntelliVerse, Level 3, Livevox, LINX America, Lumos Networks, MarcaTel, Megapath, MTS Allstream, Nextel, Optimum Lightpath, One Access Networks, Orange, Purple Communications, Rogers, SDN Communications, Shentel, Socket Telecom, Somos, Sorenson Communications, Sprint, Swisscom, Telefonica, Telmex, Time Warner Cable, TDS Telecom, Telefonica International Wholesale Services, XConnect Networks, XO Communications, Uni-tel, Verizon, Vonage, Voxbone, Vocalocity, WDT, and Ziggo.

In addition to carrier participants, SIPNOC has also attracted a myriad of SIP community stakeholders from vendors, governments and research organizations such as Amazon, Apple, ATIS, AudioCodes, Avaya, BlueAlly, Broadsoft, CableLabs, California State University, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), CaptionCall, Cequint, Cisco Systems, Columbia University, Commetrex, CounterPath, CTIA, Democon, Dialogic Corporation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Dialog Technology, DISA (U.S. Defense Information Services Agency), ECG, Edgewater Networks, EGH, Equinox Information Systems, Ericsson, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, First Orion, Frequentis AG, GENBAND, Georgetown University, Hiya, Huawei Technologies, iconectiv, Illinois Institute of Technology, Ingate Systems, ISOC, LogMeIn, Metaswitch, Microsoft, MITRE, Neustar, Netmaker Communications, NICE Incontact, Noble Systems, Numeracle, Penn State University, Polycom, Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE), Oracle, Redshift Networks, REVE Systems, Ribbon Communications, Sangoma Technologies, SecureLogix, Siemens, snom, Sonus Networks, TelcoBridges, Teraquant, TNSI, Unify, University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory, University of Virginia, U.S. Dept of Transportation, and Vigilsec.

SIPNOC 2018 Conference Schedule

Below is a “Quick-Glance” truncated Schedule of Events which lists the general start and end times of the main conference events.

Event Date
Sponsor Setup 03 December 2018 – 12pm-5pm
SIPNOC 2018 Robocall Summit 04 December 2018 – 8am-6pm
SIPNOC 2018 Attendee Welcome Reception 04 December 2018 – 7:00pm-9:00pm
SIPNOC 2018 General Session – Day 1 05 December 2018 – 8:00am-5:30pm
SIPNOC 2018 “Beer and Gear” Reception 05 December 2018 – 7:00pm-10:00pm
SIPNOC 2018 General Session – Day 2 06 December 2018 – 8:00am-4:00pm
SIPNOC 2018 Ends 06 December 2018 – 4:00pm


View the Full SIPNOC 2018 Conference Agenda and Schedule.

Conference Registration

Registration for SIPNOC 2018 is Officially Open!

Regular All-Access Conference Pass: The regular “All-Access” SIPNOC 2018 conference registration fee is $1295, and includes access to the Robocall Summit followed by two days of General Session conference proceedings. This “all-inclusive” fee also includes networking-friendly breakfasts, lunches and break refreshments and snacks, and special networking receptions the first and second nights of the event!

Full Member All-Access Pass: Individuals from SIP Forum Full Member companies save $200 on an All-Access Pass! (Please note that in order to qualify for this rate, you must be employed by a SIP Forum Full Member company.) If you qualify, please send an email to sipnocinfo@sipforum.org to obtain the exclusive Full Member registration access code.

Gov’t/Military Employee All-Access Pass: Individuals who work for government agencies or the military are entitled to a special savings of $445 on the All-Access Pass (for a total fee of $850). Please send an email to sipnocinfo@sipforum.org to request the exclusive Gov’t/Military registration access code.

Conference Sessions Only Pass: Aren’t interested in the Robocall Summit but want to attend the General Sessions part of the conference? We have you covered! Register by selecting the “Conference Sessions Only” option. The regular “Conference Sessions Only” Pass is $1095 for two days of conference proceedings, networking-friendly meals and breaks, and the Beer and Gear Networking Dinner reception.

Gov’t/Military Employee Conference Sessions-Only Pass: Individuals who work for government agencies or the military are entitled to a special savings of $345 on the Conference Sessions-Only Pass (for a total fee of $750). Please send an email to sipnocinfo@sipforum.org to request the exclusive Gov’t/Military Conference-only registration access code.

Robocall Summit Only Pass: Just want to attend the Robocall Summit? No problem! Simply select this registration type, with an associated fee of $595.

Please visit https://www.regonline.com/sipnoc2018 to register. Note that a new browser page will open taking you to our registration application powered by Regonline.

For your reference, the SIPNOC 2018 Regonline registration form options include:

  • Regular All-Access Attendee –  $1295
  • Full Member All-Access Attendee – $1095
  • Gov’t/Military All-Access Attendee – $850
  • Conference Sessions-Only (No Robocall Summit) – $1095
  • Gov’t/Military Conference Sessions-Only (No Robocall Summit) – $750
  • Robocall Summit-Only (No General Sessions Attendance) – $595

SIPNOC 2018 Hotel Reservations

The SIP Forum has negotiated a nicely discounted room rate of $147/night at the four-star Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel. This rate includes free in-room WiFi Internet access, self-parking, and shuttle bus service to and from the airport!

The hotel shuttle bus begins its runs at 5:15 am – 12:30 am, and picks up passengers at the airport on the hour and half-hour at curb 2A and 2H. For trips back to the airport, the shuttle leaves the hotel at the 15’s and 45’s of each hour.

The cut-off date to receive this rate is November 26, 2018. Please note that reservation requests made after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

To reserve your stay at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel, please click the following link to make your online reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/SIPNOC2018.

To reserve your stay at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel by phone, please call the Hyatt reservation number at 888-421-1442 (toll-free number for U.S. callers), or +1-402-592-6464 for International callers, and mention that you are booking a room for SIPNOC 2018.

SIP Forum Full Member Sponsorship Discounts

Special Full Member-only discounts will be offered for a variety of special SIPNOC 2018 sponsorship packages.

Please contact Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director, directly at marc.robins@sipforum.org or call +1-203-829-6307 for more information and to take advantage of these special offers.

SIPNOC 2018 Sponsors

We are very proud to have the following companies help support SIPNOC 2018 through their generous support as event sponsors:

SIPNOC 2018 Diamond Sponsor





Ribbon Communications is a global technology software company with more than two decades of leadership in real-time communications. Built on world-class technology and intellectual property, Ribbon delivers secure, engaging real-time communications for today’s world. The company transforms fixed, mobile, cable/Multiple System Operator (MSO) and enterprise communications networks from legacy environments to next generation core, cloud and edge architectures, enabling highly productive communications for businesses and consumers.

With locations in more than 25 countries and on six continents, Ribbon’s innovative, market-leading portfolio empowers service providers and enterprises with carrier-grade real-time communications solutions, along with a new level of security that runs in their network infrastructure, data centers and private cloud, or in the public cloud.


SIPNOC 2018 Platinum Sponsor

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Neustar, Inc. is a leading global information services provider driving the connected world forward with responsible identity resolution. As a company built on a foundation of Privacy by Design, Neustar is depended upon by the world’s largest corporations to help grow, guard and guide their businesses with the most complete understanding of how to connect people, places and things. Neustar’s unique, accurate and real-time identity system, continuously corroborated through billions of transactions, empowers critical decisions across our clients’ enterprise needs. More information is available at https://www.home.neustar.


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Become a SIPNOC 2018 Sponsor!

The SIP Forum will be providing a wealth of valuable sponsorship benefits and promotional opportunities to companies that become a SIPNOC 2018 corporate sponsor. Sponsors of SIPNOC 2018 will receive the most exposure to the SIPNOC community – before, during, and after the conference.

You can access the SIPNOC 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities brochure here, and for more information about the various sponsorship options available, please contact Marc Robins, SIP Forum Managing Director, at marc.robins@sipforum.org, or call +1-203-829-6307.

SIPNOC 2018 Media and Analyst Access Policy

SIPNOC is an educational conference for technologists and engineers within the operator community to share ideas, experiences (both good and bad). The SIP Forum will have a very limited number of passes for select media and analysts to attend the conference. Selections will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a member of the media or are an industry analyst, and are interested in attending SIPNOC 2018, please contact Marc Robins at +1-203-829-6307 or by email at marc.robins@sipforum.org.

Please note that SIP Forum representatives and select speakers will be available for interviews and briefings following the conference upon request, as well as various content that emerges from the conference proceedings.

For More Information

For more information about SIPNOC content, you can access the full conference agenda from last years event, as well as access the SIPNOC Document repository, which offers presentations given at all previous events.

If you can’t find what you need, please send your inquiry to the conference email address at sipnocinfo@sipforum.org or contact the Managing Director (see above).

In addition, your email address will be added to the SIPNOC conference mailing list so that you can receive news and special updates relating to the conference (don’t worry — you can easily unsubscribe if you do not want to remain on the list).