Do they help with SIP adoption? I don't think so. Why?
Just short details about what triggered this post now, but the facts are actual since many years. So I subscribed to the new IPv6 mailing list using my address used everywhere on all the mailing lists I am member of. It is from one of the very popular free emails providers. And I got rejected, with the following reason:
Your request to the IPv6 mailing listTo clarify, I don't claim my name or address is something well know in the SIP world, that is the most irrelevant aspect in this context. For the record and the reason I'll point out later, in summary: I have 10 years working with SIP and only SIP, spoke every year at least 3-4 times at SIP related events, participated to many SIP Forum events (including SIPit in Stockholm where I helped setting up the IPv6 SIP testbed, providing several Kamailio instances on IPv6 to be used by all the others for various use cases testing). It was not even SIPv2.0 when I started (RFc3261, June 2002), since then managing and developing SIP Express Router (SER) and/or Kamailio (OpenSER) SIP server projects. The IPv6 support is in our project (May 2002) also before SIPv2.0 was out. My interest was not in learning anything, but helping others to figure out the way to SIP IPv6. We did our work back in 2002.
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The issue here is something that's being a reality for many year, nobody is speaking about it. SIP has been hijacked from the purpose of innovating the real time communications over IP networks. It is going to be killed if the situation goes on like this.
Back in early 2000, people working with SIP were open minded, the specification written at that time were for IP networks and new services. It was small companies, enthusiasts, academic institutes and open sources projects really pushing SIP ahead. It was cool, it was fun. Just as an example: KPhone, a very early implementation of SIP softphone, it works even now with audio, video and, surprise, PRESENCE, based on initial specifications (end to end presence) -- and see author's picture, Billy Biggs, when he did it in early 2000.
Now, all organizations that eventually coordinate SIP independent activities, mainly including SIP specifications, are controlled by the old Telco vendors/operators and polluted with Telco mentality. If you are not one of us, fuck off. Besides that, basic concepts of real time communication became nightmares in specifications (did I say SIMPLE?), events and conferences have prohibitive fees, and I can continue...
Hey guys, you do have to retire! With this way of thinking you stopped innovation in SIP, you turned SIP in a protocol to put PSTN architecture on IP. It is not going to work, trust me. We do not longer need PSTN-type of communications, we need new ways of communication. You forced many ideas of services that could have been done very easy via SIP to hack-around solutions through web technologies or similar. Just because it was not a "heavy, well know guy in the gang" doing it.
I may be nobody or somebody in the SIP world now (provided the summary above) and can send an email justifying my interest in SIP and IPv6, that I am not a spammer and beg for acceptance. I'll eventually get it. But if I was just an young guy with good ideas with no experience in the field, just knowing what would make my life easier with VoIP? Should I fax photo ID with SSN and last bill to my Telco?
You, Telco guys, are here for ages. What you brought us lately? Nothing. All SIP desk phones, TDM phones and mobile phones (up to very few years ago) have more or less the interface from 1960 - 10 digits dialpad. You always claimed it is what people want. Right now, you, the vendors, don't how how to get out quickly your touchscreen devices (concept which was brought to the market by a non-Telco-related company) or, you, the operators, how to start social interaction services. Cheaper rates and any kind of innovation in telecommunications lately were because of open source, better and feature rich VoIP switches, plus the new alternative communication streams, don't even think to claim any of those.
You are not capable to change the trend of becoming a bunch of wires and antennas. Soon you won't be even useful for that, as major Internet companies are laying down fiber and power up wifi and wimax networks. I travel a lot, I rather pay 5 bucks for 2 hours internet, check the email, do some voip, video and messaging, than paying you 1 dollar roaming fee per minute.
Your end is coming unless you open your minds and let new, young and enthusiast people coming in and you listen to them. They know what they need, they build their future right now.
The other day experience shows you consider everyone else irrelevant, a bad guy or potential enemy. You could have banned me with my first spam message. You could mark on mailing list settings first (or all) post by 'untrusted' members to be moderated. No, my email was not known to moderator, I am high risk spammer for a 2-hours-ago started list. How many were registered? 10, 20? It was only the welcome message in the archive at that time.
I am not going to try joining again, with less relevance for the benefits of that mailing list. But how many brilliant minds were kicked out from Telco environment because the old dinosaurs in the key positions spending investors and share holders money love their commission with expired vendors? You stay on your private yachts now and need just to call secretary to ship cold champagne, thus, by now smaller, bricks with 10 keys dialpad are more than enough, it would have been even better with ONE KEY. But the rest need to properly interact and communicate.
Fortunately there were and still are THE OTHERS, those rejected with stupid reasons that made no point to retry in the same direction. And they succeeded, my SMS is now Twitter, Facebook & co, my voice (and video and presence which are yet years away to your offerings) is now my own SIP server most of the time, for the rest I have cool options such as Rebtel, Truphone, Gtalk or Skype.
I no longer want to be +123456789, I have a name and cool email address everyone important to me knows and it is easy to remember for them. Btw, if Enum would have made it out, being the unique 'contact address' for all communication meanings, were you able to detect faster that my Enum number belongs to a person with real interest in SIP and IPv6? Would you have been capable to do copy of the number and DNS NAPTR lookup faster than a copy of the email address and web search? Pathetic.
Guess what Telco guys, we were the others, those isolated, but now it is your turn to be. And we will make sure that you change for better or vanish!
PS. The guys behind IPv6 mailing list at SIP Forum might be good people, this is not something personal to anyone. The debate here was about the policies of such organizations, about the management thinking: a walled garden environment, always killing evolution, thing which is present in most of telecom related organizations.