WebRTC World Feature Article

June 20, 2013

Ingate Talks WebRTC

Founded in Linköping, Sweden as a joint venture by Intertex Data AB, a company that had already back in 2001 developed the world’s first ADSL modem with a SIP proxy-based firewall that allows for standards compliant SIP end-to-end communication to occur, and enterprise firewall company Cendio. Ingate most recently created the SIParator product, part of which is the well-known Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) used for connecting PBXs and service providers’ telephony connections, i.e. SIP trunking. And now, Intertex and Ingate are merged into one company.

As of late, the company has been focusing its efforts on expanding its footprint within the rapidly increasing WebRTC space. In fact, the WebRTC & SIP E-SBC PBX Companion enables the PBX/UC enterprise “social network” to finally be global, with all the beyond POTS features that WebRTC brings. Also, Ingate’s Q-TURN technology not only stops WebRTC communication from being blocked by enterprise firewalls, but also applies Quality of Service to prioritize this real-time traffic to ensure the potential Hi-Fi audio and HD video capability of WebRTC.

Some of the current trends Ingate is now witnessing within the industry include a lot of hype, real discussion and development. “Now something is finally happening on bringing standardized global real-time communication to everyone, which has been Intertex’s and Ingate’s goal and vision for the last 10 years. We are now just at the beginning of seeing real applications and I think the rapid move from written and voice-only communication to actually connecting in real-time talking and seeing each other is finally is happening now, “according to Ingate CEO Karl Erik Stahl.

Image of Karl Erik Stahl

Stahl added, “The carriers now have the chance to offer everyone telepresence communication in their pocket - then it is the airline companies that should fear WebRTC. Edison’s old idea of communicating electronically instead of taking the boat now has the capability to make obsolete much of our flying to meetings, burning fuel and wasting time. That is one of the real benefits of the Internet model – the time of protecting more or less POTS-like traffic on specific telephone networks will soon be over and not re-emerge.”

It was recently revealed that Ingate would be presenting its suite at the upcoming WebRTC Conference & Expo to be held June 25-27, 2013 at Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Ga. At the not-to-miss event, the company will be showcasing its Q-TURN solution, highlighted for bringing quality to WebRTC communication, as well as all applications using ICE/STUN/TURN for firewall traversal. Further, its WebRTC and SIP E-SBC PBX Companion has been created specifically for PBX/UC vendors so their “enterprise social networks” get all the benefits and reachability of WebRTC.

 “The great real-time end-to-end communication that WebRTC brings in itself actually bypasses the enterprise PBX or ‘UC machine.’ Gone are your switchboard, queues, redirections, find me, auto attendant and conference capabilities that the PBX brings. We are combining the two: WebRTC + SIP!” Stahl commented.

Ingate knew now was the time to establish its roots within WebRTC and with Q-TURN, it not only helps in bringing WebRTC to everyone but makes sure the communication isn’t stopped by restrictive enterprise firewalls and delivers WebRTC communication with quality.

 Q-TURN will also allow carriers to offer full quality real-time traffic over the OTT (Internet channel) in the near timeframe, not having to wait and implement the full IMS structure to do that – that still seems to be years away.

 Today, the mobile world can only offer (and charge for) best-effort Internet connection. With Q-TURN, prioritized quality IP can be offered over the OTT channel without new investments in bandwidth and at a fraction of the cost of implementing full IMS.

When looking towards the future, where is the WebRTC space headed? Stahl believes for one that carriers will soon be rapidly closing down their specific telephone networks in favor of the better and much more cost-efficient Internet, where they can actually can deliver both best-effort and quality traffic with full interoperability, security and without incompatibility and firewall problems.

To see if his predictions are right, stay tuned to Webrtcworld!

Edited by Alisen Downey


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