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Posts from February 2004

Killer App (Duh)

If VoIP is the killer app for broadband , then we're living in the dark ages.

Voice over the Internet is not new. It has been around for a while.

The real killer application for boradband is marketing, or I should say, the proper marketing of the services and applications that can run on broadband.

Compare it to the car. All cars provide transportation. Some provide more comfort. But, it was the ability to get somewhere faster and easier that killed the horse and made the car successful. Why? Henry Ford and others conveyed the message. That's marketing, which is what VoIP really needs.

Good Fortune

Fortune Technology Editor Daniel Roth has really captured the essence of SKYPE in a recent article that ran late in January. While you may need to register or be a Fortune subscriber, the general thought I have is that there is much more to SKYPE than a free voice chat coming. What we don't know about is what the VC's are investing in, and why many more want to get in line.

Here's a link to where the article is blogged in case you are phobic about registering where it has been mentioned also.

Covad Announces VoIP

Covad, one of the original CLEC's that has had its ups and downs throughout its history, due largely to the efforts of the telcos to make their life miserable, has announced plans to roll out VoIP services by the end of 2004.

What this means is all customer currently on Covad's DSL network will be able to add voice by the year's end. That puts them squarely in competition with the carriers like Quest, SBC and Verizon which want to have both the customer's voice and data services.

The traditional carriers have been slow to move into the VoDSL marketplace. Once again, some upstart has to get the ball rolling. Seems that Covad has now fired that shot. Covad, which has one of the largest nationwide deployments of DSL, is in a good position.

They are taking their time, rolling out three tiers of service and more importantly, they have customers now to whom they can upsell at reduced marketing costs.

BBC on VoIP-Intercom for The Distant Workforce

The BBC Magazine has an interesting discussion story about VoIP and how it is changing communications.

By recognizing that the paradigm has changed from dial, talk, hang up, it is showing that how voice communciation is changing.

Free services like Skype, SipPhone, Firefly all now mean that instead of typing and chatting via an IM client, you can now "talk" to the other party in real time. For those who are "always on" the phone becomes less and less of the primary means of communication with tools like email and IM at their disposal. Now with high enough voice quality being available for free think of these new VoIP services as the intercom for the distance workers.

Stay connected,

Andy Abramson