ATIS develops PSTN to IP voice network transition team

ATIS has created a new initiative set on creating standards and best practices to help traditional service providers migrate their TDM-based PSTNs (public switched telephone networks) to IP.

The group's new Transition Landscape Team has tasked itself with three main goals: evaluating PSTN replacement network architecture and capabilities, defining requirements for services on an IP-based network, and examining if there are relevant standards to handle IP-based telephony as a replacement for PSTN telephony.

In addition, the transition team will consider what impact an all IP-based network and related security issues will have for VoIP providers like Vonage and a host of other OTT providers that can be accessed via a user's cable or DSL broadband connection. Any findings the team gathers will direct work by ATIS Focus Groups.

Chaired by Brian Daly, Director, Core & Government/Regulatory Standards, AT&T (NYSE: T) Mobility Services LLC and Mike Nawrocki, Director, Wireline Standards, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Network & Technology, the Landscape Team will complete its work by March 31, 2012.

Given the involvement by representatives of two of the largest telcos, it's not surprising that one of the key goals is proactively advise the FCC on major regulatory issues related to the PSTN transition.

For more:
- see the release

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