A telecomms industry effort to create new standards for IP telephony has failed to win support from world body, the International Telecommunication Union. (ITU)
Carriers, including Level 3, GTE and Sprint, formed the Packet Multimedia Carrier Coalition (PMCC) on Tuesday, to create new standards for integrating traditional telephony networks with IP based telephone networks.
But the ITU is already at an advanced stage in the development of a similar standard, dubbed H.gcp, to supplement its existing Internet telephony standard H.323. The ITU expects to have a first draft of H.gcp ready by May 1999.
ITU senior counsellor Fabio Bigi today refused to endorse the coalition. Asked by Newswire if he welcomed the arrival of the new coalition, Bigi would only say he, "welcomes a uniform worldwide standard," without any backing for the PMCC.
"We prefer to have a unique solution as far as possible, to avoid different interworking," said Bigi. "The standards are developed by unanimous consent. If there is disagreement, they would not be adopted."
The coalition said that once developed, its protocols would be submitted to both the ITU and the Internet Engineering Task Force, the body that decides on Internet standards.
Coalition member Level 3 Communications said it was important that carriers were involved in developing IP telephony standards. "The Coalition gives carriers a clear voice in the standards making process," said Level 3 spokesman and coalition chairman Isaac Elliot.
Elliot added that he hoped to see the Coalition's work used in the ITU's standards formation process. "Our aim is to provide input into the standards approval process at both the IETF and the ITU," he said.
Other members of the coaltion are Frontier Communications, ICG Telecom Group, Illuminet, ISC Communications, NextLink Communications, NTT America, SBC Technology Resources, TESS, LLC Time Warner Telecom and Williams.
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