CableLabs announces PeerConnect Registry–2 years after going into operation

Two years after starting operations, CableLabs has officially announced the PeerConnect registry, a service to facility end-to-end IP communications.  The service provides a telephony number translation service for IP, enabling cable companies to distribute numbers and other IP session routing information to enable direct IP voice, video, SMS, and other SIP-based communications forms. Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, and Shaw Communications are all participants.

According to CableLabs’ press release, PeerConnect has been in production since 2009.  This raises a question as to why CableLabs has decided to go public with the service at this particular moment.

PeerConnect users ENUM and IETF DRINKS among its component pieces, according to a source close to its development.  The registry connects cable operators and their partners so they can exchange the data necessary to establish voice and video calls, SMS messages and other forms of IP communications between their respective networks.  And cable companies have been using it for just that purpose, as evidenced by the canned quotes in the CableLabs press release.

“The PeerConnect registry allows Comcast to move telephone number translation services inside the IP domain,” said Phil Miller, Vice President, Strategic Partnership Development, Comcast Communications and Data services. “It provides a scalable solution for us to dynamically distribute numbers and other IP voice session routing data to select partners.”

“Cablevision has been using the PeerConnect registration services for some time with great success to disseminate IP session routing information to peers. It is a scalable solution for managing peering relationships and it is built on open standards to advertise session routing data to various valued-added service companies,” said Wayne Thompson, Vice President, Telecom and Internet Management at Cablevision Systems Corp.

“This initiative provides each operator an independent and secure way of managing its data distribution to enable dynamic peering relationships with cable and non-cable operator companies. In Canada, Shaw is leveraging the registry resolution service as a number translation service,” said Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications Inc.

“The PeerConnect registry is part of the SMS-MMS service platform Cox Wireless TMI has been leveraging with great success for its mobile rollout” said R.K. Gopinath, Director, Wireless Product Development & Management at Cox Communications.

Exactly how many member cable companies are currently participating is not disclosed in the press release but “several large and small cable operators” in the U.S. and Canada have endorsed the service.  It’s also open for third-party interconnect, so cable companies can go out to “select partner companies” to distribute session routing information.

The PeerConnect registry includes three main service elements:

· A registration service allowing cable operators to dynamically provision various service data elements

· A resolution service element for cable operators and their peering partners to perform number translation and routing queries to the registry using the IETF SIP and ENUM protocols

· A replication element to dynamically distribute session routing data for SMS-MMS and VoIP to select partner companies

More information on PeerConnect is available at www.peerconnect.com. HD Voice News is working to obtain more information as well.

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