Monday, July 24, 2006

ENUM Expected to Significantly Increase in Next 24 Months

The use of routing directories in telcos for IP services and telecom Web services will increase in the next 24 months, according to a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Nominum, citing leading telecom executives' views of ENUM and their respective plans for the build out of IP networks.

ENUM is an emerging standard that facilitates voice call routing across IP networks by bridging the gap between traditional phone numbers and Internet name identifiers. Industry bodies such as the GSMA (GSM Association) and telecommunications providers globally have embraced and are adopting ENUM to solve inter-carrier routing for VoIP and next generation services.

Key findings include:

  • Schedules of Next Generation Network (NGN) deployments vary by operator, but all are finding the ENUM Routing Directory function to be an important component enabling interoperability and the eventual monetizing of communications products.

  • NGN functions are in early deployment stages. Operators are progressively implementing NGN strategies, with some telecommunications providers planning to phase out their public switched telephone networks (PSTNs) by 2011.

  • ENUM Routing Directories need to scale efficiently in order to sustain the load to be generated by next-generation services. Operators must maximize the horsepower of their networking functions such as routing directories in order to maintain predictable and scalable returns of NGN deployments.

  • The commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Nominum took place in the first half of 2006 and participants included CTOs, architects and head of NGN strategy across 11 large telecommunications providers worldwide. Copies of the report are available from Nominum.


    Myths about ENUM
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    confuse newcomers. Here's a list.





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