Hunter Newby: Mr. Shrihari Pandit CEO of Stealth Communications, welcome to the VoIP Peering Chatblog. So, what's new with the VPF in 2008?
Shrihari Pandit: When the VPF was launched in 2003 we set out to simplify the interconnect process for voice carriers through the creation of a physical distributed Ethernet network. This provided the foundation in which companies would establish interconnect relationships for the exchange of VoIP traffic, carrying now in excess of 200 billion minutes annually, without the need of running over the public Internet and eliminating the provisioning of dedicated circuits.
Today, we are now focusing on developing new applications that would reside within the VPF. These applications will focus on assisting organizations to streamline the business and interconnect process even further,enabling them to reallocate more time for the development of new innovation applications and services.
We'll talk more about these exciting developments at our upcoming Voice Peering Forum in San Francisco on June 23-24.
HN: The VPF accomplished a lot between 2003 and 2008. Over that 5 year span the VPF went from 0 mintues over the Fabric to greater than 200 Billion. What do you believe the traffic will be 5 years from now?
SP: We are continuing to see growth of traffic on the VPF. It is our belief that traffic will continue to grow, even at higher growth rates we have yet to see, as voice continues its integration with [Internet Protocol applications.
The vision of communicating purely in the IP domain is shared by many telcos and non-telcos. By moving completely to IP, voice is then easily mashed up into applications thereby enriching our experience with communications... like in Star Trek!
HN: Star Trek! It is interesting that you mention that. Do you look to the visionaries in history, even science fiction history, to guide your developments for future service offerings?
SP: I'm somewhat a fan of science fiction. It provides inspiration to many of what can be possible in time to come. But since these technologies aren't in reach at the moment, we'll look for direction from the customers, market and current technologies available! With the proliferation of Ethernet, IP and VoIP, the creation of the VPF was possible. Its true success is in the design and simplicity of the business model. To this date, many people find it astonishing how the platform has evolved since its original launch back in October 2003.
HN: There is no doubt that the VPF has amazed many people over the years and I totally agree that simplicity is essential. Given that the VPF has been so successful, what do you believe is the biggest challenge the VPF faces in the near future?
SP: Getting the word out.
HN: Now there is a challenge we all face. Shrihari, it is always a pleasure getting your insights. Thanks for Chatblogging!
SP: Thank you Hunter.
For those interested in learning more about the Voice Peering Fabric visit www.thevpf.com , the Voice Peerng Forum www.voicepeeringforum.com , watch the Voice Peering Forum commercial, or contact Shrihari at firstname.lastname@example.org