Thursday, March 11, 2004

VoIP and the Telecom Giants

I happened to sit next to an AT&T exec on the plane last night. He commented that "...two years ago I would tell customers that while VoIP is coming, it is still a long way off..." And what do you tell them now, I asked? "VoIP came."

It was interesting to speak with him about their VoIP experiments though. AT&T is still spending a lot of time worrying about priority packet routing and trying to focus on the highest quality possible on the voice connection. I observed that 8.5 million people find Skype acceptable (he had never heard of Skype) and that the wireless providers have trained us all to expect a little fuzziness on our voice connections... so won't businesses choose "good enough?"

He admitted that this scenario worried him...

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