New Telephony does a great job describing my peering panel today in San Diego at Comptel. Here is an excerpt:
The panel will be moderated by Rich Tehrani, president of communications media company TMC and founder of Internet Telephony, SIP and IMS Magazines, and will include Jim Dalton, CEO of Transnexus; Don McNeil, vice president of carrier services operations at XO Communications; and Shrihari Pandit, founder of Stealth Networks Inc.’s The Voice Peering Fabric, a leading VoIP peering provider based in the United States.
Tehrani says 2006 will be the year of VoIP peering. He points to the announcement just a few weeks ago of a joint initiative of cable operators in The Netherlands – comprising UPC Netherlands, Casema, MultiKabel, Essent and CaiW – with more than 7 million subscribers and more than 450,000 VoIP subscribers. They awarded a VoIP peering contract to a partnership of XConnect, a provider of VoIP interconnection services based in the United Kingdom, and Kayote Networks, a provider of interconnectivity products for routing and peering. This landmark agreement enables all participating operators to share VoIP traffic directly over their IP networks, completely bypassing traditional phone networks and thereby eliminating PSTN interconnection fees.