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January 31, 2005

By Rana Foroohar



Jan. 31 issue - Like the technology he's pushing, Jeffrey Citron, the 34-year-old CEO of Internet phone company Vonage, has a tendency to shake things up. In the 1990s, armed with little more than a high-school diploma, he founded two businesses, including Datek Online Holdings, and helped pioneer the tools for computerized daytrading on Wall Street (and attracted the ire of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which fined him $22.5 million for allegedly misusing the new system). In 2000, he began pouring his own money—$70 million and counting—into Vonage, an upstart telephone company that is now revolutionizing this $1 trillion industry.

The idea behind Vonage's technology is breathtakingly simple: on the Internet, voice is just another form of data. So what, then, is the point of dedicated phone networks—or even telephone companies, for that matter? By capitalizing on the Internet, Vonage has been able to undercut phone companies and steal their customers—more than 400,000 Vonage subscribers pay as little as $24.99 a month to make unlimited telephone calls. Vonage has become the fastest-growing and largest provider of Internet phone calls in the United States.

Experts think that 2005 is the year Internet phone calls will hit the mainstream. About 1 million consumers in the United States now use services like Vonage's. By 2008 that number will rise to 16 million, according to market-research firm Frost & Sullivan, as broadband Internet connections grow. London-based technology consultancy Ovum says that if you include all the people downloading software from companies like Europe's Skype, which charges only for calls to non-Skype users, the number of Net phoners around the world will reach 200 million in four years. According to a recent AT&T survey, dozens of multinational firms already have their employees making Internet voice calls, and 43 percent are currently using, testing or planning to implement such systems within the next two years. (Boeing, Ford and Bank of America have announced plans in recent months.) As Cathy Martine, senior vice president of ATT, says, "It's not a question of if this will become the new standard for voice transmission, but when."

This is, by all accounts, the biggest thing to hit the telephone industry since its inception. Today telephone companies still bill customers according to the time and distance of their calls, as voice travels mainly over individual circuits that open and close with each call. The new technology, known as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), makes the entire process digital from start to finish. Voice is digitized at the handset and sent out as packets of data that automatically route themselves over the Internet—making time and distance irrelevant. In this world, phone calls become commodities that any business can deliver. "When all you need is a Web site and a brand to sell telephone services, what's to stop Microsoft, or even Wal-Mart, from providing your calls?" asks Frost & Sullivan telecom analyst Jon Arnold.

Right now, Internet phone calls are typically made on a computer, using a special headset or on a phone with a special adaptor. Increasingly, they can also be made over mobile phones, using Wi-Fi technology. Eventually, the companies say, they will be available on all devices, from televisions to iPods to appliances like refrigerators. The idea is that screens and voice technology will be everywhere, bringing your calls to you wherever you happen to be. And the old notion that a phone number is linked to a specific place is about to disappear. Already, someone in Mumbai can purchase a number with a Manhattan area code and carry it with him wherever he goes. Road warriors can get local, rather than long-distance, dialing rates by making calls with their laptops. The Internet is free, and the technologies it is based on are open. That also makes it easier and cheaper for the new telephone companies to offer expanded features. Voice greetings could be customized to each caller, and a different ringtone could flag each member of the family. Bars and clubs could be equipped with a device at the door that finds your likely match in a computer database and automatically places a call to your potential sweetheart. Like a broadband connection, an Internet phone is always on. For teens, that means mobile phones that allow endless chats with several friends at the same time, or an open hot line to Mom and Dad. "VoIP will mean the end of picking up a phone, talking and then hanging up," says Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, Calif. Which of these features comes to pass, though, is anybody's guess.

Experts say Voip will make the old idea of digital convergence a reality, blurring lines between telecoms, cable, computers and consumer electronics. The race among firms like Samsung, Sony and Apple to invent the next killer apps for consumers will grow more anarchic. And analysts are already speculating about the bizarre merger possibilities: Microsoft, Sony or Google buying a telephone company? In a speech late last year, FCC chairman Michael Powell described the Internet phone call as a "revolution" with "profound implications" for the telecom industry, and called for a "new constitution for the regulation of such services, one befitting that revolution." Shortly after that speech, to the delight of Vonage and other upstarts, the FCC announced that Voip would be regulated like the Internet (that is, lightly) rather than like the rules-heavy old phone system.

The list of companies getting into the phone business runs from giants like Time Warner and Yahoo to consumer-electronics retailers and software companies. Billions are being spent as nearly every major telecom is rapidly upgrading its networks, with companies like Verizon and SBC taking the lead. Cable companies are moving quickly, too—last week Comcast became the third major U.S. player to offer Voip along with existing video and data services. The company hopes to capture 8 million new Internet telephone customers over the next five years.

Skype, the Voip firm based in London and Tallinn, Estonia, is also providing plenty of competition from the grass roots. The company's founders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, were the brains behind the notorious Kazaa music file-sharing software. They now claim that Skype has garnered 21 million users. Unlike Vonage, which has a more traditional flat-rate charge system, Skype distributes free file-sharing software that enables users who are both on the system to talk to each other free of charge. Silicon Valley venture capitalists back the company, which claims to be adding 100,000 more users each day. Skype has yet to generate any profits, but is already charging for calls to non-Skype users, and plans to charge for things like downloadable ringtones, customized call waiting and other services.

Now that so many firms are getting into Internet voice services, including some industry heavyweights, what hope does Vonage have? For starters, like Apple or Netscape, Vonage is a company that saw a disruptive technology coming, and figured out a way to commercialize it before the big guys did. Back in 2000, Citron got a call from a tiny New Jersey start-up called Min-X that wanted to set up an online exchange for buying and selling phone minutes. The firm was looking for investors, and Citron flew down in his private helicopter to take a look.

Swapping minutes was intriguing. But Min-X founder Jeff Pulver also had a side business running conferences for the nascent Internet phone industry. Pulver had founded a free Voip service himself. Citron decided not only to invest, but to become CEO of the company, which by 2001 had shifted directions to become Vonage. Pulver is now the best-known evangelist for the Internet phone, with a burgeoning conference business and widely read blog. "It was clear to me that Voip would become the most important technology in 20 years besides the Internet itself," says Citron.

Being the first to get into Internet voice in a big way has given Vonage a healthy lead over its competitors. Keeping it will be tricky. Competitors are pouring into the field—new Wi-Fi and video phones will debut later this year. As the competition heats up, it will get increasingly hard to make a living by offering cheaper phone service. Firms will look to combine voice calling with phones or any one of a number of other digital services.

There's already some talk of an industry shakeout. As venture capitalists pour money into this new technology, it is sobering to note that one of the hot independent Internet voice companies of the moment is Voiceglo, a reincarnation of theglobe.com, a firm that sold do-it-yourself Web sites and which nearly went bust during the dot-com crash. No doubt many of the dozens of start-ups will eventually burn out, or be gobbled up by the bigger players now entering the market. Many experts are betting on cable companies to take the majority of the pie—they have the fastest pipes, the most "last mile" broadband connections to the home and a long lead in developing content. Already, Cablevision and Time Warner, among others, are nipping at Vonage's heels.

But don't count out the old fixed-line phone companies. As owners of wires, both they and the cable companies will have an advantage over players like Vonage when it comes to guaranteeing voice quality and security. Assuming that technologies like Wi-Fi continue to grow, the telcos could use the Internet as a way to claw back revenue from mobile providers, who are hamstrung by their big investments in 3G. Already, AT&T has announced it will no longer promote old-style phone services—only Internet calls. Then again, they may all be trumped in the end by companies with an intimate feel for the digital lifestyle, like Apple or, for consumer behavior, like Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart, in fact, has already begun offering Voip phones on its e-commerce site, and analysts are already speculating about whether the giant might take the next step and offer a full-blown service.

So where does it all leave Citron and the company that started the revolution? No one knows for sure. The promise of Internet phone calls is advancing so fast that some financial analysts who cover the subject have given up writing research reports, and simply do their own daily blogs instead. If Vonage ends up as an expensive takeover target, it would make Citron a third-time winner. When asked about the possibility, however, Citron is cautious. "It would be inappropriate for me to comment on that right now." Instead, he says only that there will be room for everyone, from mass-market providers of cheap telephone plans to small-business services, security, content providers and so on. "The Web spawned a thousand different kinds of businesses," he notes. "VoIP will do the same." Whether movers and shakers like him will get rich on cheap calls remains to be seen.



 
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