Wednesday, July 06, 2005

VoIP by the numbers: just 17 million?

Leonardo Faoro - The VoIP Weblog

According to an article at Tom’s Hardware Guide, VoIP service providers worldwide have thusfar enlisted 17 million subscribers, a number that I find both paltry and encouraging. First off, it doesn’t speak to the millions of VoIP users who host their own call-routing services. As a result, it seems abnormally low. Cisco, Avaya, and Nortel have equipped millions of VoIP desktops, but this isn’t reflected in the number since their VoIP PBX systems tend to be connected to the outside world using traditional, non-VoIP phone lines like T1s.

But I also find the number encouraging, because, with 320+ million people in the U.S. alone, there is a huge hole for low-cost telephony that is going to get plugged by today’s VoIP service startups, anxious to quench the thirst of an increasingly value-conscious market. Not surprisingly, Japan is the leader in VoIP service adoption, while America is second. Check out all the numbers at the link below.


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