Skype’s SIP Enterprise Service Beta Goes Public
Skype SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) service for enterprises has gone into limited public trials. This move means peer-to-peer voice service to any set of devices that use or can use this protocol.
Skype’s voice calls – PC to PC and PC to handset or landline – worldwide have been available prior to Yahoo and Google's entry into the market. The rates continue to be steeply lower for PC to phone while using Skype compared to calling directly. PC to PC is always free.
So what is special in SIP? Until now, all Skype calls have not been fully secured. If the voice service is to be used by corporations, security, performance and reliability must be core requirements. Skype has already tied up with major players in security, connectivity and transmission – like ShoreTel and Cisco – and are in process to tie up with many more.
The service will connect enterprise PBX board to local LAN thereby facilitating people to call from their desk via PC, handheld or fixed line thereby increasing flexibility, reducing cost, and making it secured. The technologies used are SBC (Session Border Controller) acting as a firewall thereby hopefully foolproofing any SIP based DoS (Denial of Service) attack.