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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


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 Program Committee and Call for Presentations

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 has been published and 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 Summit – available 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 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, 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

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, Megapath, MTS Allstream, Nextel, Optimum Lightpath, One Access Networks, Orange, Purple Communications, Rogers, SDN Communications, 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, past SIPNOCs have also attracted a myriad of SIP community stakeholders from vendors, governments and research organizations such as Amazon, ATIS, AudioCodes, Avaya, BlueAlly, Broadsoft, CableLabs, California State University, CaptionCall, Cequint, Cisco Systems, Commetrex, CTIA, Dialogic Corporation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Dialog Technology, DISA (U.S. Defense Information Services Agency), ECG, Edgewater Networks, EGH, Ericsson, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, GENBAND, Georgetown University, Huawei Technologies, iconective, Illinois Institute of Technology, Ingate Systems, ISOC, Metaswitch, Microsoft, MITRE, NeuStar, Netmaker Communications, NICE Incontact, Penn State University, Polycom, Oracle, Redshift Networks, Sangoma Technologies, SecureLogix, Siemens, snom, Sonus Networks, Teraquant, Unify, University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory, University of Virginia, and the U.S. Dept of Transportation.

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 – 5pm-7pm
SIPNOC 2018 Robocall Summit 04 December 2018 – 8am-5pm
SIPNOC 2018 Attendee Welcome Reception 04 December 2018 – 7:30pm-9pm
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-3:30pm
SIPNOC 2018 Ends 06 December 2018 – 3:30pm

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 breakfasts, lunches and break refreshments and snacks, and special networking receptions the first and second nights of the event! Take advantage of Early-Bird Savings! Save $200 on the regular all-access rate if you register before August 31, 2018!

Full Member All-Access Pass: Individuals from SIP Forum Full Member companies save even more ($300 to be exact) on an Early-Bird 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 to obtain the exclusive Full Member discount 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.

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, meals and breaks, and the Beer and Gear Networking Dinner reception. Take advantage of Early-Bird Savings! Save $100 on the conference-only rate if you register before August 31, 2018.

Please visit 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 – Regular rate: $1295; Early-Bird Rate: $1095
  • Full Member All-Access Attendee – Regular rate: $1095; Early Bird Rate: $995
  • Robocall Summit Only (No General Sessions Attendance) – $595
  • Conference Sessions Only (No Robocall Summit) – Regular Rate: $1095; Early-Bird rate: $995

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 19, 2018. Please note that reservation requests made after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

To register for your stay at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel, please click the following link to make your online reservations:

To register for 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 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 Gold Sponsors






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, 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

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 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).