2010 March

March 2010

In a joint press release, the SIP Forum and the IPv6 Forum launches a cooperation in order to raise the pressure on the members and the market to move forward with IPv6 and realtime SIP communication.

“SIP and IPv6 are the two fundamental Internet plumbing pieces of the future Internet. This partnership will allow the SIP Forum and the IPv6 Forum to leverage each organization’s powerful worldwide user base to drive the right knowledge and best practices to the Internet community at large,” said Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 Forum & Emeritus Trustee Internet Society. “This union will smooth the adoption of these two technologies and spur Internet growth and solid sustainability.” 

“The SIP Forum shares a similar mission and vision as the IPv6 Forum for the broad interoperability and adoption of open standards, next generation Internet-based technologies and services,” said Richard Shockey, SIP Forum Chairman of the Board. “By coming together, our two organizations can help move the industry forward and develop the foundation to fuel a new generation of communications innovation.”

I believe this partnership can lead to a lot of progress. Unified Communication ties people together across boundaries. One of these boundaries will be the IPv4 and the IPv6 Internet. The SIP industry has a responsibility to make sure that this transition works seamlessly and that our customers get products and services that will continue to work as the IPv6-only part of the Internet starts growing – and I’m not only talking about laptops with softphones and chat software – SIP is an application that will run on smartphones, TV sets, pads and all kinds of connected things. A Unified Communication network requires IPv6 to be unified.

SIPit is the main interoperability event for all things SIP. It’s organized by the SIP Forum and creates good feedback to the IETF. Asterisk has been participating in SIPit during many years and in many variants  – videocaps, Marc Blanchet’s IPv6 branch and the standard Digium releases. All these tests has lead to a large amount of improvements for Asterisk and have helped us to build a network with other developers in the business, a network which helps when we have bugs that involve interoperability with these devices or servers. SIPit has proven important for the success of Asterisk, and thus it is also important for  everyone in the Asterisk community. 

Now, when we are working on the next  long-term release (1.8) we really need to test again and make sure that we interoperate properly. New stuff, like Terry’s SRTP branch, my RTCP work and the call completion and caller ID update work needs serious testing. We need feedback to be able to fix the issues with the TCP and TLS support. (more…)