Monday, May 16, 2005

The war of INKS

"The reason is that if the tipping point is reached and more people will be connected to broadband, the PSTN will die very quickly. One should not forget that in Europe mobile penetration is reaching already 100%, which implies that every person has at least one broadband access capability.

For genuine Skype-Skype or even SIP-SIP with URIs you do not need a phone number. You also do not need a street address to receive an e-mail.

And of course these development will also kill the "broadband parasites". These are living on arbitrage only. If finally there is only "free" IP-IP communication and no real "service", only an applications and products, there is not more business case for specific VoIP providers then for e-mail providers.

Of course there will be some business left for residential users not having company accounts, but they will get VoIP service as add-on to the access, similar to e-mail and a 10MB webpage.

Update: And one should not forget that ECRIT and NENA I3 is working on emergency service access genuine on the Internet."

Richard Stastny VoIP and ENUM

I agree with the fact that "if the tipping point is reached and more people will be connected to broadband, the PSTN will die very quickly."

But there is still a transitional time.
And in this transitional time what will or what should people do?
What would be the WISE THING to do?

Of course embracing VoIP, but in the right way.

What are all the VoIP companies doing?
For having a profit, the only good profit that VoIP can provide, they are building new monopolistic companies that have everything in common with the Telcos, but the price.

And price of course is a discriminating and competitive tool.
But for getting customers and more than anything for keeping the customers, they are using proprietary systems.
If you buy a SIP device that works with Skype you won't be able to use it with another provider the moment you want to change it.

It is the same game of the Ink jet printers.
The price is not the printer's, what you pay, and for the rest of the life of your printer, is the ink...
I know about the war of the Inks, may be something similar could happen with VoIP.

VoIP is not a Service, but they make it a service, Telco's like, so that they can have a revenue Telco's like.
Pay per minutes and depending where you call...

I do not say in the beginning you do not need a termination, you probably will need it for long, because broadband is not so wide spread...especially in certain countries, but you HAVE TO PLAN in order to be ready when most of the calls will be IP to IP.

Patrizia from a World on IP
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