Heard at IT EXPO East 2012 – Canadian phone companies hurry to eNum registry

Miami, FL – Canadian phone companies are taking efforts to interop very seriously after a January 19 regulatory ruling. The service providers are engaging in discussions on how to set up a national eNum registry as quickly as possible.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) wants phone companies “to rapidly adopt Internet Protocol (IP) throughout their networks” it said in a press release announcing the January 19 policy. Canadian service providers are very supportive of the ruling and want to migrate from TDM to IP as quickly as possible.

One of the key points in the ruling is a requirement for large phone companies to provide an arrangement to transfer calls via IP to other carriers that request it within 6 months, assuming they already have the capability and arrangements in place with other providers.

Establishment of an eNum directory is expected to facilitate the use of IP and SIP based services, so carriers can establish SIP calling in a quick and seamless fashion.

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