When I arrived at the show today I met with Shrihari Pandit the person who invented the concept of the Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) and we spoke for a great while about all the things going on with the VPF and all the new members who have joined. Perhaps most important is AT&T. Incidentally I blogged about the rumors of AT&T joining the VPF a few days back.
I went to Excel’s booth first — whoops — the new name is Cantata and when I got there someone was literally going off on a competitive board vendor based in
This person was looking to replace his current equipment with Brooktrout products.
On a separate note, Shrihari told me to check out Carrius and when I got to the booth I found that their Compleat 200 device has been reworked to allow Class 5 switches such as a 5ESS to work with the VPF. The way it works is when a number is a dialed on a POTS phone the digits generate numerous ENUM queries to various databases. The first positive response that is received — directs the call over the appropriate VoIP network. If there is no match the call routes over the PSTN.
The company figures this can save a service provider about $1/month/subscriber or over a million dollars in a year for 100,000 subscribers.
I am still working on my presentation for tomorrow morning and am very excited to be speaking here. I just got back from dinner a and it is a real pleasure to be able to eat outside on a sidewalk. The last few trips I have been on to