Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Internet Telephony Expo Update

I have spent the last two days at the Internet Telephony Expo in Los Angeles. It appears that the Internet Telephony Expo has benefited from the demise of the Voice on the Net (VON) show. In a down economy, the number of attendees looks to be up slightly from last year and the number of vendor exhibits appears to have increased.

Yesterday I gave a presentation on Open Source and Open Standards (download presentation). What impressed me most about the audience was how little they knew about VoIP and telecom. I see this as a very positive development as more people from enterprises are being drawn to learn about VoIP. VoIP is now spreading beyond the developers and early adopters. The audience is now people who are looking to solve real world problems, not futurists.

The most popular sessions at the conference have been the sessions on SIP Trunking. The audience at these sessions appeared keen to get the practical insight they need to make decisions on how to replace PRI circuits with SIP trunking services. While I have not heard any buzz about the latest and greatest new innovations, it is nice to see VoIP technology maturing with real and wide spread deployments.

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