[SIPForum-discussion] SIP vs H248

Rajnish Jain rj at pscientific.com
Thu Feb 22 20:01:46 UTC 2007

The short answer is:

SIP is a peer-to-peer signaling protocol, whereas, H.248 is a
master-slave control protocol. H.248 is a protocol through which Media
Gateway Controllers (MGCs) control Media Gateways (MGs). 

H.248 is more suitable for large-scale network cores where there could
be efficiencies gained by separating call-control/signaling processing
(MGC) from media processing (MG).

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [SIPForum-discussion] SIP vs H248
> From: "Simon Joseph" <s.simon.joseph at gmail.com>
> Date: Thu, February 22, 2007 1:35 am
> To: discussion at sipforum.org
>  Hello Everyone,   Not sure if the question is relevant for the forum, however would someone please explain the main differences between SIP and H248. How and when do we decide to use SIP or H248.    I have not heard of any Media Gateways supporting SIP, what limitations does SIP have makes H248 used in these areas or what limitations does H248 have that most CPE are SIP based and not H248.   regards, Simon Joseph 
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