Next week I'll be out in Santa Clara, California to speak at the Communications Developer Conference sponsored by TMC. The topic will be on Media and Signaling Transitions for IMS and Next Generation Networks. The date is May 15th.
TMC was kind enough to provide a press release on the speaking engagement which can be found here.
Lately, I've been writing and speaking on a variety of related topics. For example, the current issue of SIP Magazine has my article on "Integration of SIP & SS7 for Voice-Over-IP: Opportunities and Challenges".
Based on the hype, one might believe that nobody is using SS7 anymore and all new networks are fully SIP enabled, but we are actually a long way from this state of affairs. In fact, SS7 is widely deployed and is a linchpin for a number of services that are widely used such as Caller ID, Local Number Portability and so on. Hence, there is a real need for products that can translate between SS7 ISUP and SIP. My company Cantata provides such a product, the IMG 1010 (for which I am the product manager), and there are other vendors as well. However, as the article notes, the features of media and signaling translation are often handled in separate devices, which generally adds to the overall cost for a carrier.
Next week I'll speak for one hour on this topic and cover a variety of network scenarios for media and signaling translation, including use on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and on other non-IMS networks. I hope you can join us in sunny Santa Clara.