Thursday, April 01, 2004

Too late to close the barn door...

Great blogging of the VON show by industry pundit Paul Kapustka. I like his post today in particular about the strength in numbers approach to the regulatory questions being asked of the VoIP industry. When VoIP was a flash in the pan with a few startups playing, the ancient telecom companies might have been able to deal the industry a fatal blow with some heavy regulatory action. But now that there is real momentum and many large players getting together to create a political lobbying power, it is reasonable to believe that the cow is long gone from this barn...

Monday, March 29, 2004

Why Skype is No Different

Great link found on Lance Tracey's Blog on why Skype is no different from other VoIP services. A thoughtful analysis by Aswath Rao on what Skype really is and is not, and how its technical architecture embodies faults that undermine the P2P marketing message. Excerpt:

Some have expressed reservation because Skype is proprietary. There have been previous instances where proprietary consumer items have found wide adoption without incurring huge collective cost. VCR is one of the examples that come to mind. But in this case there are some differences:
  • Alternatives, based on standards are available

  • Skype uses mostly well-known and open technologies; only the protocol semantics is proprietary

  • Even though Skype (for that matter VoIP) is naturally a “product” and not a “service”, Skype views it as service. For example, they do not allow an enterprise to use their own GIS, instead of the global one, even if communication will be restricted to internal use alone.

  • As I am told, there is no way to directly address another client, even if the IP address is known. Windows Messenger from Microsoft has the same limitation, whereas NetMeeting allowed direct communication.

In this respect also, they are just like other VoIP providers. It is disheartening to see that even those whose middle name should be P2P, think like this.