The year VoIP came back from the grave.
update: FCC sees VoIP as the future.
I don’t want to go on the cart!
Some of you may remember rumblings in the blogosphere, “VoIP died or VoIP is dead” around this time last year. Whatever the context, I think it should be clear by now the VoIP is not dead, nor dying. As a matter of fact, VoIP has never been less dead.
Some may argue that I am taking some of those statements out of context. Semantics. Some said “buddy list” centric calling is the future, hence VoIP is dead, again – semantics.
Call it what you like, VoIP is here to stay, Mobile VoIP is only just getting started.
Give it 5-10 years (not long considering the PSTN has been around for more than 100 years) and everything will be * over IP, including Voice and Video.
Does it really matter?
VoIP has been used for several years now by the service providers themselves – just look at the telephone service you can get from cable companies.
Consumers don’t care about VoIP or PSTN or technology. They care about service.
The fact that we’re moving towards a VoIP world may be great for us technologists, but that’s about it as far as the dead/alive part goes.
“Voice over IP is just a transport and signaling technology. It’s plumbing.” Harsh, but true!
I agree with Tsahi, it’s really about the service not the technology. Our service, FreedomIQ, has been constantly refined over the years. VoIP has finally come to a point where it should be accepted as the best solution.
a federally funded dark fiber network would be nice rather then pumping billions in Broadband stimulas for legacy PSTN DSL
It only starts to matter to consumers when you look at the new types of services that can now be offered at reduced prices because of the enabling technology. VoIP isn’t just about making the same types of calls you used to make over a traditional network. It is about tying together data and multimedia with the interaction. Also, don’t forget about the enterprises doing business with these VoIP carriers. They drive the market too, and they are concerned about the plumbing.