In a bid to stimulate growth in Internet telephony, a 40-strong coalition of vendors this week announced the creation of the Voice Over IP (VoIP) Forum.
Founded by networking giant Cisco and Vocaltec, an Internet telephony software vendor, the VoIP forum intends to speed up the creation of a set of standards for compatibility between Internet and telephony products.
According to Vocaltec, the standards will initially support two-party voice communications over IP networks, which will be compatible with traditional telephone calls, and of similar quality. Either a computer or a regular telephone can be used.
Existing Internet telephony software is proprietary because each uses different communication protocols, voice coding, addressing, directory services, call management and other functions. The new forum will work to develop a common specification that will allow products from participating vendors to interoperate.
Elon Ganor, chairman and chief executive of Vocaltec, said: ?We?ll see quicker Internet telephony being adopted because of better, well-addressed standards.?
Forty companies have joined the forum so far, including Dialogic, 3Com, Creative Labs, Micom Communications, Microsoft, Nortel, Nuera Communications, Vienna Systems, Voxware and US Robotics.
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