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Ribbon Communications recently hosted a two-day STIR-SHAKEN summit to bring together service providers across North America along with government agencies and industry organizations to address the growing issue of robo calls and nuisance calling. The summit included more than 60 representatives from 40 service providers. STIR-SHAKEN is a framework developed by the ATIS/SIP Forum NNI Task Force to reduce the number of illegally spoofed calls, and stands for the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) standards and the Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN).

More than half the calls to all mobile phones in the US in 2019 will be robocalls. Addressing this rapidly growing issue is among the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) highest priorities. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has demanded that service providers begin implementing STIR-SHAKEN in 2019.

“It was really impressive to see the high level of interest at the summit from nearly every major service provider in the United States and Canada and their commitment to solving the illegal spoofing problem that nearly all of us are experiencing on a daily basis,” said Dr. Eric Burger, Chief Technology Officer for the FCC. “We look forward to working closely with service providers, vendors and industry standards bodies to mitigate this issue as quickly as possible through initiatives like STIR-SHAKEN.”

“It was a pleasure to be part of Ribbon’s STIR-SHAKEN summit and update attendees about the vital work of the SIP Forum/ATIS NNI Task Force,” said Richard Shockey, Chairman of the SIP Forum. “The STIR-SHAKEN framework was specifically developed to eliminate one of the biggest problems in the communications industry today, and events like the STIR-SHAKEN summit are instrumental in educating industry stakeholders about the STIR-SHAKEN framework and helping them gain the knowledge they need to effectively deploy solutions in their networks.”

“We were pleased with the turnout and positive reactions we received from conference attendees,” said Tony Scarfo, EVP of Products, R&D, Support and Supply Chain for Ribbon. “It really is a true indication of how big a problem this is and how focused the industry is on solving it. We are working closely with our partners and industry agencies to deliver holistic solutions that will directly address the robocalling issue.”

Last month Ribbon announced that its software and appliance-based session border controllers and its policy and routing (PSX) solutions had successfully completed interoperability testing to support STIR-SHAKEN. Ribbon is working with industry partners like Neustar on a comprehensive solution that will allow service providers to notify their end-user customers of potential robocalls. The end-users can choose to either answer or ignore the calls. Currently, the end-user does not receive any indication on the validity of the call.