We'll interrupt our scheduled coverage on videoconferencing to focus today on WebRTC with some news from Dialogic. Last week, the company unveiled its PowerMedia XMS 2.1, a software media server designed to address the challenges facing Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) deployment. And in an announcement today, Dialogic also published some survey results that may prove why the company is optimistic about the demand for a WebRTC media server: 86.9% of telecom operators and developers who responded consider WebRTC as significant to their overall product roadmaps.
The survey asked 169 decision-makers in the service provider and telecom applications development communities to assess how WebRTC will evolve their business models. Nearly 38% said that WebRTC offers a broader benefit to unified communications solutions, 35% agreed that WebRTC will be more immediate in the education market than in the enterprise, and 49% of respondents intend to deploy a WebRTC solution within the next 12 months.
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When we spoke with Jim Machi, vice president of product management for Dialogic, about the news, he explained that WebRTC is an API that allows users to establish real-time voice, data and video communications between WebRTC enabled browsers -- something that users today can accomplish with Skype. However, unlike Skype, WebRTC is based on open-standard protocols, and it does not require a separate download to operate because it is built into the browser. Chrome and Mozilla Firefox currently support the protocol but until WebRTC is more universally adopted, gateways will be required to establish calls between WebRTC and non-WebRTC users. According to Machi, WebRTC was originally viewed as a peer-to-peer solution, but it also has significant potential for multi-party sessions, shared content and collaboration.
The PowerMedia XMS 2.1 is designed to give network operators and application developers a platform that can enable click-to-communicate sessions, also providing WebRTC connectivity to an IP media subsystem (IMS) infrastructure. Dialogic will showcase its latest product at the 2013 WebRTC Conference and Expo in Atlanta this week.
Andrew Goldberg, senior vice president of marketing and strategy for Dialogic, said in a statement, "WebRTC is a game changer because it dramatically lowers the barriers to developing, delivering and deploying richer communication services. PowerMedia XMS 2.1 will save service providers and application developers from designing their own multimedia processing and connectivity solutions so they can more quickly monetize the WebRTC opportunity."