10 July 2006
ENUM has a critical role to play in telephony services convergence. Although many carriers are adopting ENUM there are myths swirling around the confuse newcomers.
In data networks, the domain name system (DNS) is responsible for converting Uniform Resource Locators
(URL's) to IP addresses in order to route data traffic. The ENUM protocol performs a similar essential function of linking E.164 telephone numbers to Universal Resource Identifiers
(URIs) -- enabling communication services to use traditional phone numbers to set up calls over IP