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H.248 History

H.248 (also known as the Megaco protocol) is the standard for allowing a media gateway controller (MGC) to control media gateways (MG). H.248 represents a joint cooperative effort between the ITU and the IETF. Prior to this effort, there were a number of competing protocols, including MGCP (the combination of SGCP and IPDC) and MDCP. This protocol is considered complementary to H.323 and SIP, in that an MGC will control MGs using H.248, but will communicate between one another via H.323 or SIP.

In the diagram below, you can see the timeframes in which the various Media Gateway Control protocols were developed and how those were collapsed into what is now known as H.248.

H.248 History