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INETPhone: Telephone Services and Servers on Internet (RFC1789)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004042D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

C. Yang: AUTHOR

Abstract

INETPhone is a true telephone service through the Internet. It integrates the local telephone networks and the Internet using INETPhone servers. Thus a long distance call can be split into two local calls and an Internet connection, which is transparent to end users. Such a phone service through Internet will be a major step towards integrated services on Internet. In order to support the INETPhone and lay down the ground rules of the service, a scheme of "open partnership" is proposed, so that the entire Internet community can have the equal opportunity and benefits from the INETPhone service.

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Network Working Group C. Yang

Request for Comments: 1789 University of North Texas

Category: Informational April 1995

INETPhone: Telephone Services and Servers on Internet

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

IESG Note

Internet Engineering Steering Group comment from the Transport Area

Director: Please note well that this memo is an individual product of

the author. Work on standards and technology related to this topic

is additionally taking place in the IETF in the Multiparty MUltimedia

SessIon Control Working Group (MMUSIC).

Abstract

INETPhone is a true telephone service through the Internet. It

integrates the local telephone networks and the Internet using

INETPhone servers. Thus a long distance call can be split into two

local calls and an Internet connection, which is transparent to end

users. Such a phone service through Internet will be a major step

towards integrated services on Internet. In order to support the

INETPhone and lay down the ground rules of the service, a scheme of

"open partnership" is proposed, so that the entire Internet community

can have the equal opportunity and benefits from the INETPhone

service.

1. Introduction

The success of traditional Internet services, such as the electronic

mail, the file transfer, and the remote machine access, has inspired

a row of new network applications -- the world-wide information web,

voice and video conferencing, and network telemarketing are just a

few to mention. With the further development in infrastructure and

the architecture of integrated, multimedia information services

[1,2,3], certainly the Internet will play a crucial role in shaping

up the future of so-called information super-highway.

Among many new applications, the voice communication through Internet

bears perhaps the most potential impact, since it competes directly

with the telephone communication, which has become an indispensable

part of the modern society. Recently, many software packages are

available, either commercially or as public free-ware, which supports

voice communication on Internet. Some of these products are targeted

directly as possible substitution for long distance telephone

services. However, so far, all such products only support voice

communications using a computer that is on the Internet or is

connected, via a SLIP link, to the Internet [4].

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