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Streamlining Telephony Interconnection with Voice Peering

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January 16, 2008

Streamlining Telephony Interconnection with Voice Peering

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

As video, telephony and multimedia services move completely into the IP realm, service providers are discovering the necessity of peering to keep up with the demand for next-generation applications. Voice peering and other peer-to-peer arrangements are an important part of streamlining interconnections.

The benefits of peering become apparent once other alternatives are considered. One alternative is to manage and provision leased lines and IP-VPN connections on a one-off basis and partners. Provisioning, however, is typically expensive and does not scale easily.
Also, connections using IP-VPNs over the public Internet are inherently insecure and may provide unpredictable quality. When voice calls rely on the public Internet, and problems like packet loss or jitter occur, headaches inevitably ensure. Who is responsible for the problem? Who is in charge of failover? Lack of control makes provisioning a problematic means of supporting the type of reliability customers demand.
The Voice Peering Fabric, a peering ecosystem managed by Stealth Communications (News - Alert), provides the solution to such headaches. The Voice Peering Fabric network handles security, peer-to-peer routing and seamless failover. It’s a private, distributed network built on optical wavelengths.
The Voice Peering Fabric guarantees end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) by optimizing the stability, availability and performance of a provider’s services.
Unlike provisioning that involves the public Internet, the Voice Peering Fabric deals with VoIP in a new way. Calls are routed through the VPF using IP but without necessarily using the Internet. Packets may move entirely on private grids in order to cut latency and improve reliability.
The result of this setup is a peer-to-peer architecture that offers protocol- and application-agnostic capabilities. Traffic travels on Layer-2, so jitter, packet-loss and latency are minimized.
To learn more about the benefits of the Voice Peering Fabric, please visit the Voice Peering channel on, brought to you by Stealth Communications.

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Mae Kowalke is an associate editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Mae’s articles, please visit her columnist page. She also blogs for TMCnet here.

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