VoIP Group Tackles Next-Gen Internet

With virtually no notice outside of the circle of IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) cognoscenti, the SIP Forum a week or so ago created an IPv6 Task Group.

IPv6 representing the future direction of the Internet, and SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) being a key component of VoIP (for non-tekkies, SIP is the signaling protocol used for controlling communication sessions such as voice and video calls over Internet Protocol, i.e. VoIP), it should be easy to recognize the huge significance of the move to the future of VoIP. Thus personally I was stunned at the lack of coverage by the vast majority of the trade press, let alone the general press, of the event.

I’ve blogged before on the importance of IPv6 to VoIP users. So to keep it brief: IPv6 promises, among other benefits, greater network reliability (think improved reliability for your VoIP calls). “The current IPv4-based IP network does not have built-in QoS and, therefore, several quality (latency, jitter, echo) issues arise,” the specialist website IPv6.com notes. IPv6 also promises better security of calls, and sports a string of other benefits to VoIP users.

IPv6 syncs seamlessly with SIP (session initiation protocol) in the application layer, but of course nothing in life is quite that simple. There are still areas of technical documentation, network architectures and standards involving SIP over IPv6 involving standards that are “inadequate or non-existent,” the Forum notes. “The SIP Over IPv6 Task Group aims to develop technical recommendations based on its research, discoveries and suggested courses of action to remedy deficiencies” in order to rectify those issues, the Forum wrote in its statement announcing formation of the Task Group.

For the average VoIP user, the technicalities involved should not be an issue. Most people simply want a telephone that works, with as little fuss as possible and as reliably as possible (preferably all of the time, of course, though that’s a level of perfection that nobody has ever reached with any communications technology). But still, it’s nice for Phone.com blog readers to know that progress is being made toward new technology that will make the VoIP experience even better than it already is.