TRAI Recommends MGCP Adoption

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 05, 2006

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper in which it has suggested the examination of issues relating to broadband and telephony over cable TV networks and open up the Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP) to enable cable operators to offer telephony services to their customers through cable connection.

MGCP is used for controlling telephony gateways from external call control elements called media gateway controllers or call agents. A telephony gateway is a network element that provides conversion between the audio signals carried on telephone circuits and data packets carried over the Internet or over other packet networks.

TRAI says that telephony services over the cable networks will be facilitated through MGCP and will lead to a more competitive marketplace.

The existing protocols - SIP and H.323 are more suited for telecom provider with widespread networks and not smaller players like cable operators.

The advent of MGCP is likely to have great implications in India because cable operators, through their wide established networks across the country and growing customer base can pose serious competition to giant telecom providers which may lead to less expensive telephony services while maintaining excellent QoS.

The MGCP was published by the IETF as Informational RFCs and also standardized by the ITU-T and adopted for use within cable networks. MGCP is widely deployed around the world. Some of the major cable networks that currently provide the service are Comcast, Cox Communications, J-Com and Time Warner.

It remains to be seen how long it take for India to adopt the MGCP and open a whole new world of possibilities.