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SIP: The Future of Open Communications

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Executive Summary

Off late rapidly changing communications arena, large enterprises face many challenges in upgrading and maintaining their multimedia corporate networks. To meet these challenges, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is gaining prominence as a reference technology for unifying multimedia, real-time communications in a common, standards-based framework for both enterprises and carriers. Defined as an international standard offering versatile technical capabilities, SIP is relatively easy to implement and is highly extensible, allowing it to accommodate multiple features and services over any real-time, IP-based wireline or wireless networks. This white paper reviews the major advantages that standardized communication protocols and technologies can offer large enterprises, with a specific focus on SIP. It also highlights the Alcatel-Lucent SIP strategic vision and value proposition for enterprise communications.

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