Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting

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VoIP Peering Pilot Using The Internet2 Backbone

Time 10/09/07 03:00PM-04:00PM

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Session Abstract

The widespread adoption of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology within telecommunications networks has empowered educational and research institutions to implement unique solutions to meet their overall communications requirements. As a result, these institutions are able to better control the cost of telecommunications, which at some institutions could be quite substantial.

New business models are emerging within the telecommunications market that leverage the power of IP transport networks to provide service providers and their customers with higher quality and lower cost communications. One such emerging business model involves the peering of individual communications networks. Peering, or VoIP Peering, enables two or more institutional networks to connect to one another without having to traverse the traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

There is an immediate opportunity to apply this new peering business model to the university telecommunications environment. Substantial amounts of inter-university and inter-research institution communications occur each day, with practically all of this communications traffic being handled by PSTN-based service providers. Leveraging the accelerating adoption of VoIP technology and the availability of the Internet2 backbone with state-of-the-art VoIP peering technology will allow universities and other research institutions to substantially reduce their long distance costs and support enhanced IP communications among community members.

The session will describe the architecture and proposed benefits of the VoIP Peering Pilot program, as well as cover the implementation effort and lessons learned to date from the initial universities participating in the pilot.


Speaker Walt Magnussen Texas A&M University

Speaker Cliff Radziewicz Arbinet

Presentation Media

Secondary tracks What's Next for the Net

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