Cisco, Microsoft think ICE

In a bid aimed at making universal voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) and integrated communications more accessible to customers, Microsoft and Cisco Systems have teamed up to support the emerging Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) methodology.

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By  Angela Sutherland Published  November 22, 2005

In a bid aimed at making universal voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) and integrated communications more accessible to customers, Microsoft and Cisco Systems have teamed up to support the emerging Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) methodology. ICE, a standards-based methodology, allows information workers and businesses to more easily communicate in media-rich ways across network address translators (NATs), a significant barrier to VoIP and video connectivity. ICE provides a rich set of solutions for current NAT issues with media. Microsoft and Cisco are jointly supporting the ICE effort, demonstrating both companies’ commitment to developing standards-based communications solutions built on methodologies that can be broadly adopted and integrated. “Finding a way for VoIP to work better across NATs and firewalls is a problem that is faced across the industry,” says Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president for the office real-time collaboration group at Microsoft. “Microsoft and Cisco are encouraging our industry partners to utilise the ICE methodology to ensure more consistent, reliable experiences for our customers, and to improve session initiation protocol (SIP)-based VoIP interoperability across networks.” With service providers increasingly deploying converged voice-and-data services based on SIP, Microsoft’s and Cisco’s endorsement of ICE standards bodes well for mutual customers, says Don Proctor, senior vice president of the voice technology group at Cisco. “Our commitment to providing ubiquitous and seamless protocol interoperability in our IP-based voice solutions helps customers experience greater value in their converged voice, video and collaboration investments,” he adds.

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