Internet-Draft "sipTrunkingCapability" Link Type March 2022
Inamdar, et al. Expires 28 September 2022 [Page]
Network Working Group
Intended Status:
Standards Track
K. Inamdar
S. Narayanan
D. Engi
G. Salgueiro

The 'sipTrunkingCapability' Link Relation Type


This specification defines the 'sipTrunkingCapabilities' link relation type that may be used for the retrieval of capabilities and configuration requirements from Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs). A Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking capability set is defined to allow the transfer of technical requirements needed for seamless peering between SIP-based enterprise telephony networks and ITSPs where an exchange of parameters and configuration information is required.

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1. Introduction

RFC 8288 [RFC8288] defined a way of indicating relationships between resources on the Web. This document specifies the 'sipTrunkingCapability' link relation type according to the rules of RFC 8288 [RFC8288]. Links with this relationship type can be used to exchange capability information between potential peer devices. In the event that systems require additional parameters and configuration to negotiate communication, a well-known URI can be utilized to deliver information to potential peers including machine-readable instructions and parameters needed for peering.

The 'sipTrunkingCapability' link relation type may be used on web resources hosted by Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs) to provide a structured and detailed capability set document. The capability set document encapsulates a set of characteristics of an ITSP, which when retrieved by enterprise telephony network devices allows for automated establishment of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking between the two telephony networks.

2. Terminology

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

4. Example Usage

This section provides an example of possible use of the 'sipTrunkingCapability' relation type. The need for an enterprise telephony network to obtain a capability set document from an Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) is documented in Automatic Peering for SIP Trunks [I-D.ietf-asap-sip-auto-peer]. The 'sipTrunkingCapability' link relation type allows an enterprise telephony network to specifically request the capability set document from a web server hosted in the ITSP network.

The enterprise network device solicits the location of the capability document from the well-known URI hosted by the SIP service provider using the WebFinger protocol [RFC7033].

   GET /.well-known/webfinger?

The capability set location is returned to the source device referencing the URI that contains parameters for peering.

   HTTP/1.1 200 OK
   Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
   Content-Type: application/jrd+json
      "subject" : "",
      "links" :
            "rel" : "sipTrunkingCapability",
            "href" :""

The ITSP may use an authentication framework such as Oauth2 to determine the identity of the enterprise telephony network and provide the appropriate capability set document.

5. IANA Considerations

IANA has registered the sipTrunkingCapability link relation under the "Link Relation Types" Registry, with a reference to this document, using the following template:

Relation Name:
A capability document that defines parameters or configuration requirements for automated peering and communication channel negotiation of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
[[NOTE TO RFC EDITOR: Please change XXXX to the number assigned to this specification, and remove this paragraph on publication.]]

6. Security Considerations

The 'sipTrunkingCapability' relation type is not known to introduce any new security issues not already discussed in RFC 8288 [RFC8288] for generic use of web linking mechanisms. However, it is recommended to exercise caution when publishing potentially sensitive capability information over unencrypted or unauthenticated channels.

7. Acknowledgements

This document resulted from the discussions in the ASAP working group, especially the detailed and thoughtful comments of Cullen Jennings, Jonathan Rosenberg, Jon Peterson and Chris Wendt.

8. References

8.1. Normative References

Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, , <>.
Nottingham, M., "Web Linking", RFC 8288, DOI 10.17487/RFC8288, , <>.

8.2. Informative Reference

Inamdar, K., Narayanan, S., and C. Jennings, "Automatic Peering for SIP Trunks", , <>.
Jones, P., Salgueiro, G., Jones, M., and J. Smarr, "WebFinger", RFC 7033, DOI 10.17487/RFC7033, , <>.

Authors' Addresses

Kaustubh Inamdar
Sreekanth Narayanan
Derek Engi
Ann Arbor, MI
Gonzalo Salgueiro
7200-12 Kit Creek Rd.
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709