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VoIP Insights Blog

April 27, 2005

Verizon opens 911 to VoIP Providers
Baby Bell makes 911 calling possible for Voip users
ZDNet reports:
Verizon announced on Tuesday that it would start making its 911 network in New York City available to all voice over Internet Protocol providers this summer.
How well things go in the Big Apple will determine whether Verizon will open the rest of the emergency network, according to spokesman Mark Marchand.
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April 03, 2005

VOIP market to reach $82 bln in 2005
Business phone systems drive demand for Voip
ZD Net IT Facts reports that according to Insight Research, the global market for VoIP will reach $82 billion in 2005 and $196.5 billion by 2007.
Much of this growth is driven by business phone systems, but Gartner predicts that by 2008, almost 20% of US homes will have VoIP telephones
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March 21, 2005

VoIP And Security Beat Get Business Dollars
More than one-third of businesses have invested in security and voice-over-IP technologies
As vendors vie for the IT dollars in enterprise budgets, VOIP and security are winning the race.
Business executives are more likely to invest in security and voice over IP than radio-frequency identification technologies says a study issued by Siemens Financial Services.
Businesses need to invest in security to keep their systems safe and they see VoIP as a less-expensive alternative to traditional PBX phone systems, with their investments providing big dividends.
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March 17, 2005

VoIP Benefits for business phones
The last thing enterprises need to be doing is choosing VoIP as a “strategic move” (i.e.: marketing speak for “because there’s no compelling reason”)
it seems that almost every business - even small companies - are looking at VoIP with interest.
According the Harris Interactive Poll on VoIp adoption, nearly nine in 10 (87 percent) business decision makers are aware of VoIP and 12 percent are already using the technology.
Before you throw your old phond system out with a gleeful rush into new technology, make sure it will really work for you and your needs.
Ultimately, you need to decide what’s right for you. VoIP’s core benefits boil down to:

1. Free calling between facilities
2. Reduced support needs for telephony systems
3. Better features that increase productivity
4. Enterprise-class reporting, analytics and other tools

Most companies want to lower the cost of their phone systems.
Most want better features

Ras Freeman on September 19, 2004 05:44 PM writes...

I am not a big fan of Skype.
Skype's core competency is clearly marketing, in particular public relations. However, there is a limit to how long the buzz can last. It reminds me of the buzz surrounding pc-to-pc calling in 2000, which disappeared with the bursting of the tech and telecom bubbles.
A few of my gripes:
1) I still have not seen a single feature of Skype's P2P technology that improves the experience for consumers. From the standpoint of what early and late majority consumers are concerned about, Skype's technology is a gimmick.
2) Whether Skype is abusing the VoIP moniker or not, I do think the buzz surrounding Skype is bad for the VoIP market in the US. VoIP providers--ATT and Vonage in particular--are sinking substantial amounts of money into educating consumers about VoIP, and that Skype is muddying the message. For example, Skype is once again making "VoIP" synonymous with "free", which is wrong for anything other than in-network PC-to-PC calls.
3) The companies competing in the PC-to-PC and/or PC-to-PSTN space for the last several years all see PC-to-PC calling as low growth. Ask anyone at Net2Phone, Go2Call, Deltathree, Primus, 8x8, Mediaring, etc. what products they are emphasizing these days. They are all laser-focused on rolling out SIP-based outbound AND inbound calling solutions.
I would be interested to hear reactions.

I think what Skype calls P2P is simply the direct connection of 2 (or more) users. I guess you can call it P2P, but that's not really what we think of P2P...
Your other comment about PC-PC calling... I guess what is bringing more people to the VoIP side is not the ability to call PC-PC for free. It is being able to make/receive calls to conventional phone systems while paying a flat rate for most domestic calls.
I do like Skype, and the reason is for its ease of use. Once other companies can give the user an easy experience they will get more subscribers.
Leo FaoroThe VoIP Weblog

Om - good points on the Skype privacy issue.

I think what Skype needs to do next is two-fold1) change to open standards - i.e. SIP so they can terminate with more service providers and offer better interoperability. Although their architecture may not lend itself to this.2) Work with hardware vendors, such as Linksys, Netgear, etc. to embed their technology directly in the device. The device can then figure out when dialing if it's a Skype user vs. a PSTN number and route accordingly.
Tom Keating - VoIP Blog

More often than not, VoIP does deliver these benefits – but you need to do your homework and make sure the package, company and architecture will work for you.


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