Richard Shockey has joined the advisory board of XConnect, the VoIP and Next Generation Network (NGN) interconnection service provider.

A pioneer in ENUM (Electronic NUMbering) and expert in VoIP, Shockey is a founder and has been co-chair since 2002 of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) ENUM Working Group.

His appointment is expected to strengthen XConnect’s position in the carrier ENUM and federation-based interconnect sector.

Eli Katz, CEO and founder of XConnect, said ENUM registries are at the heart of the company’s peering and federation infrastructure.

He described Shockey as the "godfather" of ENUM technology and services.

"He probably has the greatest understanding of this vital infrastructure component and its commercial applications of anyone in the industry," he said.

Richard Shockey

Shockey also co-chairs the recently-formed IETF working group DRINKS (Data for Reachability of Inter/Intra NetworK SIP), dealing with provisioning data for VoIP/NGN peering federations.

Based in Washington, DC, he has participated in IETF working groups on other subjects including SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), the dominant IP-based communications signaling protocol.

He has also helped develop several commercial products based on ENUM, the protocol devised to enable routing of IP-based calls and services using telephone numbers.

From 2000 until early this year, Shockey was a director and distinguished member of the technical staff at NeuStar.

Previously, as a consultant, he developed IP communications solutions for such companies as HP and Xerox.

In addition to his IETF roles, Shockey is a member of the board of directors and technical working group co-chair of the SIP Forum, an organization of IP communications companies that promotes adoption of SIP-based products and services.

He also chairs the SIP Forum’s SIPconnect task group, which produces specifications for interconnecting SIP-based IP PBXs with service providers.

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