Verizon & Vonage Establish Interconnection Agreement
Verizon and Vonage recently made a VoIP interconnection agreement - a signal of Verizon's growing effort to standardize technical and operational procedures for IP VoIP interconnections.
What's the driving force behind Verizon ambition to pursue more IP VoIP interconnection agreements?
"Our FiOS Digital Voice VoIP customer base continues to grow as customers upgrade from TDM-based service, and as they do, we expect more and more of our traffic will be exchanged with other providers over interconnections in IP," said Maggie McCready, Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs at Verizon.
"When we exchange FiOS Digital Voice traffic with another VoIP provider, it is more efficient for both parties to exchange that traffic in IP format, which allows Verizon to exchange FiOS Digital Voice traffic at a small number of mutually agreed upon points of interconnection for the entire country," wrote McCready.
Verizon is leveraging off experiences from a similar IP VoIP interconnection agreement executed with Comcast in early 2012.
Verizon and other big players in the telecom industry are attempting to keep federal regulators hands out of IP VoIP interconnection agreements, arguing that the FCC follow it's own "hands-off" approach with newer markets like Internet backbone service, where regulation might impose structural impediments to the natural evolution and growth process which has made the Internet so successful.
In contrast, opponents to these IP interconnection agreements recommend the FCC develop a more complete record of the agreements before making any decision to act noting that it is in too early of a stage of development with too many unforeseen consequences that could delay IP evoloution.
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