VoIP: the Revolution
Let's talk about the end of telephony and the beginning of communication, about smart people
and dumb companies, e-commerce and the war against customers, about the extinction of the Dinosaurs.
Let's talk about VoIP.
The voice-data convergence debate is over. VoIP is an established, robust technology
having the requisite quality of service for business communications. Currently
about 11% of all phone calls use VoIP at some stage in the connection.
reduces communications costs and simplifies network management, but the really big
business benefits come from real-time communications applications. Convergence
has facilitated the development and implementation of applications such as
unified messaging, unified communications and contact centers.
By the mid ‘90s the Internet was being used to transport
telephony signals but the quality was poor. Nevertheless it
demonstrated the ability of IP networks to transport both
voice and data traffic, which removed that earlier constraint.
And when corporate infrastructures were adequately
provisioned, call quality improved and Voice over IP (VoIP)
became a business technology.
The convergence of voice and data lowered communication and network management
costs, but the business case was not compelling.
Limiting the advantage of VoIp to mere savings on costs would be like limiting the competition between computer and type writer to the mere
The VoIP telephone is not anymore a stupid device that helps to transport voice from location A to B.
IP phones are data devices that live on the LAN.
In the 90s, in the early stages of IP Telephony, there were boards that allowed computers to do multiple voice applications.
Applications that enhanced personal productivity had
become a priority; the market wanted communications and information to be unified
in order to facilitate workgroup collaboration.
At that time the technology still was not cheap and not affordable to all, but now it can be delivered at low cost to everyone.
The Internet Today
Angioplasty for the narrowed vessel between the Internet and the premises is available.
The surgery -- replacing ancient copper with Wireless recent technologies -- would be cost-effective, and its benefit to end users of the Internet would be immediate. But Local Exchange Carriers (the telcos) and the cable industry (the cablecos) will not consent to this surgery because they are afraid for their lives. Indeed, in a world of high-speed connections and end-to-end Internet, the cablecos and telcos would have very little to sell.
The Internet, the world's overarching end-to-end network, is now the connectivity medium of communications.
Yet telephone company networks are still centralized networks designed for a single application, voice.
Phone companies still make more money from voice than from other network traffic, even though the volume of data traffic now exceeds voice.
Furthermore, Internet voice is getting better and better—its quality can, in fact, far exceed the "toll quality" voice of plain old telephone service.
In addition, smart end devices can set up and manage telephone calls far better than a centralized network.
(Why dial a number when you can double-click on it?)
In fact, when voice is implemented in end devices, the ability to mix it into other kinds of interactions—online game play, collaboration, mutual Web surfing, and many more yet to be
discovered—the idea of a "call" as a special, discrete event could well disappear.
The Internet stands on the brink of making the entire functionality of the telephone company obsolete.
But that's not all—with access improvements within the grasp of today's technology, the Internet can do video entertainment better than broadcast, cable, or satellite television can.
The Internet stands on the brink of subsuming the value of all existing special-purpose networks.
What the Market Wants
Wireless and VoIP are the two "performers" of the moment.
We have two new concepts regarding Internet and Telephony.
What nobody ever says is that 85% of the calls and a big percentage (I have no numbers for it) of Internet enquires are local.
So, we thought, why wasting costly international bandwidth and crowding the Internet with local searches?
We found an answer to it:
1) Wireless Metropolitan Internet
2) Wireless VoIP mobile phones
Our wireless phones reach a coverage of up to 5 Km. in the metropolitan area with the unlicensed frequency of 2.4 GHz, the power 100mW, and from 18 to 27 dB depending on local rules, against the GSM system 900 MHz, 4 Watt, 188o dB...
This is how we see the future...
World on IP offers :
The complete solution for a Wireless Metropolitan
Web, including wireless VoIP, e-commerce,
e-learning, Broadband High Speed Internet.
All our hardware is high quality, as well
as the services we provide.
The network-of-networks is still producing huge wealth,
today's recession notwithstanding. And the reason for this is that it is a Stupid Network, an end-to-end network.
The winner apps of the last decade -- email, web browsing,
ecommerce, instant messaging, and half a dozen other huge conveniences -- were not brought to market by the owners of the wires and switches.
Furthermore, not a single one of these winner apps requires more than a few kilobits per second.
But each of these apps required a Stupid Network to get to us --
a network upon which innovators are free to innovate without permission from the network owner, a network that provides immediate -- unmediated -- market feedback,
that is, without a network owner (or superfluous network functionality) standing between the producer and the end- user.
Because the network is stupid, its providers cannot compete on features.
They have to compete on price, speed and availability.
The Future as we see it...
We should divide the Internet in small Metropolis, all interconnected.
Easy to find what you want, because it is ordered, it is in a special place, easy to reach.
Times have changed, we started from the wireless telegraph, the radio, we came to the wired world and we are slowly going
back to the wireless one.
WiFi is the new world of today.
Wifi is the future of the Internet.
Wireless Metropolitan Lan is the future of the Internet.
So what exactly is a Stupid Network?
"In a world of dumb terminals and telephones, networks had to be smart.
But in a world of smart terminals, networks can be dumb."
Bits go in one end and come out the other. Data flows – like water – define the movements and channels within the system.
Because the network is stupid, its providers cannot compete on features. They have to compete on price, speed and availability.
So how does a network provider make money in a network-of- networks world?
"Don't solve problems, pursue opportunities."
Well, the Stupid Network could still be a huge creator of wealth, and the opportunity to build it still exists. The separation of content and conduit is still the critical, defining characteristic.
Content is where the smart people come in and the dumb companies go out.
Mattel's home computer, eighteen months in the making, was priced twice as high as it should have been.
But the next naturally following deduction was: "All the value's going to be in software -- but how do you make money from software?"
It was not an easy question.
Arguably, only one guy figured it out.
He realized that his big chance hung on the fact that the first piece of software costs 100% for research and development, while copies 2 through N are virtually free.
Today the biggest opportunity in information technology hangs on the fact that the capacity of VoIP and Wireless is virtually unlimited.
The New World doesn't want a new Bill Gates. Doesn't want monopolies anymore.
But the New World wants hardware that talk to each other.
The customers do not want to belong to the Vonage or the Skype family and being able to talk to another member of that family (unless they use a termination and go on the old PSTN line)
The customers want a VoIP call from beginning to end, with a flat (possibly cheap) rate.
They want to talk to whomever they want and as long as they want.
And the new Smart Players will give exactly that.
Nowaday VoIP offers the chance to do it...
The Internet was born to be a place where people could be free to talk and communicate, exchange files, opinions whatever they liked.
But one thing was lacking: they didn't own the infrastructures and that was a big limit.
Nowadays new earth systems at very low price can make freedom a reality: The customers' owned infrastructures.
A small group of ISPs in UK understood it, they realized the power of the number "One for all and all for one".
Why go on depending on BT?
The Act of Geneva of 1996 wanted to stop the monopoly of the big Telecoms.
That was and is hard to do when they own the infrastructures.
But now the time is ripe for a revolution.
Will somebody understand and do it?
It could be the peaceful revolution of the small ISPs who have a limited number of customers,
who do not have to lease the infrastructures from the big, but own their own wireless Lan.
The principal threat to the Telephone companies' ability to shrink costs but not revenues is their
customers' common sense. Given the choice, an increasing number of customers will simply
bypass the phone company and buy the hardware necessary to acquire the service on their own.
And hardware symbiosis will further magnify the threat of WiFi and VoIP.
This is how we see the future...
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