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The Economist

Reinventing the Internet

Mar 14, 2006 at 2:45 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Technologies

New initiatives aim to overhaul the internet. But how can a "clean slate" redesign ever be implemented?

If a planet-wide data network, akin to the internet, were built on Mars, what would it look like? That might sound like a silly question, but it raises an important point. The design of computer networks is constrained by the need to be compatible with the internet and other systems that have grown up over the past four decades. What if network designers could start again with a clean slate, unencumbered by today's messy reality?

Ever since the internet's inception in 1969 engineers have tweaked it in a piecemeal fashion. That the system has scaled up well enough to handle almost 1 billion users and blazingly fast fibre-optic links is nothing short of amazing. But as the internet has grown, so too have problems... "We've pretty much exhausted the tweaks we can do," says Tom Anderson of the University of Washington.

Bonus Link: The Economist's audio interview "Redesigning the Internet"

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Mobile VoIP Not Here Until 2007

Mar 13, 2006 at 3:17 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Technologies

Internet telephony over mobile phones is on the way -- but don't hold your breath. There weren't be many commercial offerings until operators have made a major enhancement to their infrastructures, said John Giere, chief marketing officer with Lucent, and that won't be until 2007 at the earliest.

He said that most operators have uplink speeds that are too slow for quality VoIP calls and that they should be looking to upgrade their networks with HSUPA (high speed uplink packet address). The technology's downlink equivalent (HSDPA) is being slowly introduced.

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Red Herring

VoIP Prompts Carrier Backlash

Mar 11, 2006 at 5:00 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Business Strategies

Carriers plan to challenge VoIP 'poachers' with services to win back defecting small businesses and test the market's economics.

Signals that their grip on the Net neutrality high ground could be slipping are prompting major telecommunications carriers to put Plan B in motion -- an all-out price and feature war to test the staying power and limitations of Internet voice upstarts, analysts say.

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China May Issue the First VoIP License in June

Mar 09, 2006 at 6:06 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Regulation & Policies

The Ministry of Information Industry (MII) may issue the first voice-over-Internet protocol (VOIP) license in June this year, the China Business News reported, citing an unidentified source.

The source said MII may grant the license to a firm under the direct management of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, without identifying the firm.

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Skype Dials in to Business

Mar 09, 2006 at 6:05 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Business Strategies

The consumer VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) darling Skype dialed in to small-business and branch office needs Thursday with a new offering, Skype for Business.

"We know from listening to our... customers that 30 percent are of them are regularly using Skype for their businesses and most of these are small companies," Skype Chief Executive Officer Niklas Zennstrom said Thursday.

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Survey on VoIP Heading for Mainstream

Mar 08, 2006 at 1:26 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Exploring Frontlines

Voice over IP (VoIP) will take off this year, according to a new survey, with 54 per cent of respondents believing there are more advantages than barriers to its adoption.

The survey of 3,000 UK enterprise IT managers, carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of storage, voice and networking distributor Zycko, found that 57 per cent of financial services companies stated that voice and data convergence, rather than cost cutting, was the most important reason for companies to rethink their voice and data strategy in 2006.

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USA Today

AT&T-BellSouth Merger Grows from Weakness

Mar 08, 2006 at 1:06 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Business Strategies

Three years ago, BellSouth CEO Duane Ackerman popped into our offices to tell us how miserable his business was.

Dissing your company is not normal everyday CEO behavior. But Ackerman needed regulatory help from Washington. So he might have been acting like a kid who wakes up on a school day with a sniffle and pleads that he's caught the bird flu. But still, he certainly convinced me that BellSouth -- and the local phone industry in general -- was about the suckiest business going.

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VoIP Providers Describe E911 Obstacles

Mar 08, 2006 at 8:09 am PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Regulation & Policies

Federal regulators have spent much of the past year prodding Internet phone providers to link their customers to the enhanced 911 system, but accomplishing that goal is no small feat, industry representatives said Tuesday.

The enhanced 911, or E911, system is a step up from the basic 911 system in that it supplies emergency call operators with the caller's geographical location and callback phone number. The Federal Communications Commission has decreed that such E911 service must be mandatory and new customers will be denied the option of choosing voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service without it.

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Critics Argue AT&T/BellSouth Threatens Net Neutrality and VoIP

Mar 06, 2006 at 3:39 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Regulation & Policies

Even though the ink on the merger agreement between AT&T and BellSouth is barely dry, consumer groups are already calling for regulators to block the proposed $67 billion deal, characterizing it as a detriment to net neutrality and VoIP.

Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America said they plan to ask the Justice Department to block the RBOC merger. According to statistics compiled by TMCnet, a combined AT&T/BellSouth would have nearly 42 percent of the market share for U.S. consumer access lines.

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Wi-Fi VoIP a Mobile Phone Killer for University

Mar 01, 2006 at 2:58 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Exploring Frontlines

Perth's Edith Cowan University (ECU) will seek to use its new mesh wireless network to cut down its fleet of mobile phones by replacing them with wireless handsets enabled for Voice over IP (VoIP).

The university's information technology (IT) infrastructure manager Steve Johnston told a Sydney conference yesterday the move could save ECU a significant amount of money.

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The Register

UK Punters Avoid VoIP in Droves

Mar 01, 2006 at 2:54 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Exploring Frontlines

Half of UK consumers are aware of VoIP, but take-up of internet telephony remains low, according to Ofcom.

The regulator's Interim Report into the UK's Communications Market found that 49 per cent of UK consumers are aware that calls can be made over the internet. This rises to 59 per cent among internet users and 63 per cent among broadband users.

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The Register

BT Plays Down 'Free Broadband' Report

Feb 28, 2006 at 9:48 am PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Regulation & Policies

BT has played down reports that it is planning to offer its punters "free broadband" when its new 21st Century Network (21CN) is rolled out over the next couple of years. The Mail on Sunday ran a story saying that once 21CN was up and running punters would get a "broadband dialtone".

But a spokesman for the UK's dominant fixed line telco distanced himself from the report saying broadband "would not be free". It may be that a "broadband dialtone" may be available for rental - much like current arrangements for fixed line phone - but it is "not to be free", he told us.

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Networking Pipeline

Why Your Network Needs VoIP Over Wireless

Feb 27, 2006 at 7:59 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Technologies

Voice over wireless local area networks (VoWLAN) might just be one of those technologies whose time has come. Combining voice over IP (VoIP) and wireless networking -- the two headline network technologies of the last couple of years, VoWLAN is, quite simply a natural.

"There's a lot of pent-up demand for VoWLAN, and particularly for dual-mode cellular and wireless VoIP phones," Forrester Research principal analyst Ellen Daley says. "There's a pent-up demand because of a fear and concern of wireless phone costs. Companies are saying that 'we see people using their cell phones on office hallways,' and they're interested in reducing those costs."

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VoIP Rings Up Explosive Growth

Feb 27, 2006 at 4:05 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Exploring Frontlines

Internet telephone service is explosively growing from a nascent idea to a viable market contender to traditional phone service, according to the latest numbers released by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

According to TIA, the number of residential Voice over IP customers more than tripled to 4.2 million users last year and is expected to hit 18 million within the next three years.

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Industry Leaders Invited to Grapple with VoIP Challenges

Feb 23, 2006 at 12:24 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Exploring Frontlines

Leaders of the VoIP industry are being invited to the ultimate VoIP summit - an executive roundtable produced by Larstan Business Reports entitled "VoIP: Transforming Business Horizons."

The event is scheduled to take place May 24-25, 2006 at the Omni Chicago Hotel.

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