MSOs and their partners that use the just-unveiled CableLabs PeerConnect registry can exchange the data necessary to establish voice and video calls, SMS messages and other IP communications between their respective networks end to end.

Working with its member companies and the vendor ecosystem, CableLabs says it built the PeerConnect registry “to simply enable a secure, distributed service platform for the provisioning and distribution of session related data for SMS-MMS and VoIP communications. Endorsed by several large and small cable operators in the United States and Canada, the PeerConnect registry has been in production since 2009.” ??

“We have designed this service to accelerate the adoption of end-to-end IP communications and open up the possibilities for new real-time communication services” explains Jean-François Mulé, CableLabs’ senior vice president/Technology Development and the PeerConnect program director since its inception. “We solved many parts of the dynamic and distributed provisioning issues by implementing Web services and adopting an open-protocol framework for data provisioning, resolution and replication working with numerous actors in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to agree on common standards.” ??

The PeerConnect registry includes three main service elements: ?

>> A registration service allowing cable operators to dynamically provision various service data elements.
>> A resolution service element for cable operators and their peering partners to perform number translation and routing queries to the registry using the IETF SIP and ENUM protocols.
>> A replication element to dynamically distribute session routing data for SMS-MMS and VoIP to select partner companies.?

What The Operators Are Saying

>> Phil Miller, vice president/Strategic Partnership Development at Comcast Communications and Data Services: “The PeerConnect registry allows Comcast to move telephone number translation services inside the IP domain. It provides a scalable solution for us to dynamically distribute numbers and other IP voice session routing data to select partners.” ??

>> Wayne Thompson, vice president/Telecom and Internet Management at Cablevision Systems Corp.: “Cablevision has been using the PeerConnect registration services for some time with great success to disseminate IP session routing information to peers. It is a scalable solution for managing peering relationships and it is built on open standards to advertise session routing data to various valued-added service companies.”

>> ??Peter Bissonnette, president, Shaw Communications Inc.: “This initiative provides each operator an independent and secure way of managing its data distribution to enable dynamic peering relationships with cable and non-cable operator companies. In Canada, Shaw is leveraging the registry resolution service as a number translation service.

”??The registry service also allows CableLabs member companies deploying mobile services to distribute the wireless numbers they serve to a variety of SMS-MMS service providers.??

“The PeerConnect registry is part of the SMS-MMS service platform Cox Wireless TMI has been leveraging with great success for its mobile rollout,” notes R.K. Gopinath, director/Wireless Product Development & Management at Cox Communications.

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