Monday, October 18, 2004

Popular Telephony Proposes Serverless Global Numbering Plan for VoIP

Popular Telephony Inc., a start-up software company with offices in New York, France and Israel, announced a Global Numbering Plan for IP telephony users. "Peerio GNUP" is a lightweight software agent that can be used with VoIP applications, such as Peerio, Skype, Liphone, SIP or H.323 clients, etc. It assigns the user a unique number (analogous to a traditional PSTN or mobile phone number).

The company said that until now, VoIP devices and software were restricted to simple outgoing calls and like-to-like platform or protocol connectivity (Skype-to-Skype, h.323, SIP etc.), whereas standards-based applications required a DNS or Proxy infrastructure. Peerio GNUP creates a presence for IP telephony users, enabling them to participate in the global two-way telephony process. VoIP software users interconnect transparently, while other networks users call GNUP numbers using a service provider that supports the Peerio Global Numbering Plan. Calls between IP and PSTN are carried by GNUP partner service providers or through a GNUP-enabled media gateway.

Peerio GNUP is serverless; and works without any central management server, switchboard or system to handle call processing. Popular Telephony is offering the service for free.

Stealth Communications, operators of the Voice Peering Fabric, is partnering with Popular Telephony to provide Peerio GNUP users access to Stealth's VPF ENUM Registry. Access to the VPF ENUM registry will enable users of GNUP to connect to a range of different IP telephony operators supporting ENUM and to communicate with other VoIP networks' users for free. Stealth's Voice Peering Fabric is a distributed switched Ethernet fabric that functions as an exchange for VoIP traffic. It allows members to establish peer-to-peer connections with complete transparency between buyers and sellers of VoIP routes.


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