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TIA seeks input on proposed VoIP terminal adapters standard

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has issued a call for interest in developing a voluntary industry...


July 8, 2004  


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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has issued a call for interest in developing a voluntary industry standard for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) terminal adapters.

Such adapters allow ordinary telephones to make calls over the Internet instead of using standard telephone lines.

The TIA says the project would benefit the industry by providing a standard identifying the electrical characteristics needed to support multiple telephones connected to the adapter, as may occur in a residential environment, as well as the protocols required for providing VoIP services.

TIA’s TR-41 Engineering Committee, User Premises Telecommunications Requirements, will sponsor a meeting on Aug. 9 in Washington, D.C. to identify interested parties and to seek input on the contents of this proposed standard.

"TR-41 has a proven track record in developing standards for telephones, key systems, private branch exchanges, and VoIP gateways and terminal devices," it said in a statement released today.

"While TR-41 members have expertise in telephone line interface requirements, VoIP protocols, voice transmission and quality of service issues, the group is seeking participation from terminal adapter manufacturers, cable and digital subscriber line service providers, and VoIP service operators."

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel. There is no charge for attending.