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Operators Not Doomed by Microsoft's VoIP Plans

Feb 21, 2006 at 11:35 am PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Technologies

A mobile voice over IP (VoIP) client from Microsoft will kill mobile operators, according to blogs and news sites - but analysts say the product is no big deal.

Cellphone operators' share prices remained steady, despite blogs that screamed Sell Vodafone. Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer had indeed announced a mobile version of his company's voice-capable business IM system, Microsoft Office Communicator, one week ago, at 3GSM, but visitors were apparently too bamboozled by what The Business described as Ballmer's "eccentric and effusive delivery" to realise the significance.

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VNU Network

SIP Emerges as De Facto VoIP Standard

Feb 21, 2006 at 11:21 am PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Technologies

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is emerging as the de facto corporate standard for VoIP networks running converged voice/data communications, industry experts reported today.

Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan said that SIP is anticipated to "replace the traditional modes of communication, and create an alternative communication industry reducing network elements to mere call-forwarding devices".

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PC World

Tech Giants Eye Mobile VoIP

Feb 21, 2006 at 11:15 am PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Technologies

At last week's 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, several big names in the communications sector, including Microsoft, Nokia, and Skype, announced mobile phone-based VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) products and services that could radically change how cellular customers use their handsets in the future.

If, until now, most users have associated mobile Internet with writing e-mail, sending the occasional picture message, or even making an exotic video phone call, many could easily get hooked on cheap VoIP calls or instant messaging chats.

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Network World

Test Shows VoIP Call Quality Can improve With SSL VPN Links

Feb 20, 2006 at 11:22 am PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Technologies

VoIP is often written off as an application that will not work well over an SSL VPN link. To test that argument, we examined 10 SSL VPN products in four network scenarios to see how well VoIP calls were handled by the products' network extension clients.

The news is generally good. In high-bandwidth, low-latency environments, there is virtually no difference in quality between an unencrypted VoIP call and the same call made over an SSL VPN (see chart). Even better news is our discovery that a VoIP call made over SSL VPN on a typical broadband Internet connection is of higher quality than an unencrypted call. The only bad news comes with truly awful network connections: ones with high loss and limited bandwidth.

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Asia VoIP Market to Grow by 1B Per Year

Feb 20, 2006 at 6:15 am PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Exploring Frontlines

The market for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in Asia, including Japan, will grow by one bln USD per year between 2005 and 2009, topping 10 bln usd in 2009, said financial services firm Mergent Online.

Smartphone usage in Asia is expected to take off in the third generation (3G) mobile communications era and Chinese mobile phone vendors are preparing for this new demand, Mergent said.

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USA Today

Skype Use May Make Eavesdropping Passe

Feb 17, 2006 at 12:46 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Security

Even as the U.S. government is embroiled in a debate over the legality of wiretapping, the fastest-growing technology for Internet calls appears to have the potential to make eavesdropping a thing of the past.

Skype, the Internet calling service recently acquired by eBay, provides free voice calls and instant messaging between users. Unlike other Internet voice services, Skype calls are encrypted -- encoded using complex mathematical operations. That apparently makes them impossible to snoop on, though the company leaves the issue somewhat open to question.

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USA Today

Nokia, Motorola Show Cellular-VoIP Phones

Feb 16, 2006 at 6:33 pm PDT | Posted by Voiponder Reporter | Exploring Frontlines

"Call me back on the landline" may soon sound like a quaint, turn-of-the-century instruction to the ears of many mobile phone users.

Nokia and Motorola, the world's biggest branded handset makers, both unveiled phones at a tradeshow here this week that switch between cellular coverage outdoors and cheap wireless Internet calling inside -- all on a single phone number.

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