Broadband Parasites

July 28, 2004

in Mobility, VoIP

Jeff Pulver’s blog posts come without any fulll feed subscription so I scan the titles from time to time and then visit (I can provide the full feed template!). Today this took me to a post of Broadband Parasites, however what I found most interesting was this quote on his original paper from one year ago. Jeff is not alone in thinking that mobility is the real VoIP play.

To keep things even more interesting, think about using the internet to peer between broadband based voice over broadband service providers and wireless service providers. If/when this is done correctly, it will have an impact on the importance and strength of what is and was the “legacy phone network.” The Jeff Pulver Blog: The Rise of the Broadband Parasites

Om Malik’s VoIP Daily » IP Mobility unplugged

From Om Malik:
I have long believed that the mobile operators should be the ones to integrate VoIP offerings. Forget Vonage, if Verizon Wireless offered a VoIP service (over my DSL or cable modem) that integrates with my wireless device, enabling me to synchronize my phone book (on my phone and via outlook on my desktop) I would sign up right away. And with the integration with at home VoIP with my mobile phone, I would be less likely to churn from Verizon when Cingular comes up with a better pricing plan. Tim McDonald

It won’t be just voice and data specific. It a knowledge society where people collaborate, communications will be the marriage of high quality multimedia, voice and all enabled by broadband. The network today treats me as a fixed part of the network. I think the network in the future would be intelligent enough to see me as a person. Greg Mumford
Om Malik’s VoIP Daily » IP Mobility unplugged

Then like HP’s latest announcement for IPAQ we know the converged devices are coming.

However, on the flip side, a VoIP implementation in the shape of mobile over WLAN (MoWLAN) may also be a way for mobile operators to eat more of the fixed-line operator’s PSTN lunch in both the home and enterprise. Kineto Wireless, a US-based start-up, certainly seems to think so and so it should – the company manufactures the kit that makes MoWLAN possible.

“By offloading [cellular] traffic onto the WLAN network they [mobile operators] can put themselves in a position to offer competitive ‘homezone’ tariffs and displace more fixed-line traffic.”
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