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Fearing Being Left Behind, Bells Develop Low Price Plans That Transmit Calls Over The Net

November 28, 2003

By Almar Latour

To fight competition from lost cost airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Air Lines started their own discount carriers. Now the telecom industry is adopting a similar flight plan.

Rattled by growing competition from cheap phone services relying on a technology called Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP, big regional bells companies say they are getting ready to offer their own discounted services.

Qwest communications International Inc. is launching an Internet phone service for residential customers in early December. Verizon Communications Inc.’s vice chairman says it will follow with a similar service by next year’s second quarter. SBC Communications Inc. may also launch a Voip service next year, depending on the regulatory environment and improvements in the technology, which it still thinks has some issues.

“If United can create TED, we could probably do something similar,” Ed Whitcare, SBC’s chief executive officers, says in an interview speaking on the planned United discount carrier.

Voip technology which transforms voices in packets of bits and sends them over the Internet threatens eventually to smash the established order in telecommunications, making much of today’s infrastructure obsolete and stripping big companies of many of the advantages of scale. While the calls may not always offer the clarity and freedom from static regular phone service, and some such services would require customers to use special telephones, many users find this an acceptable tradeoff for the lower price.

The Bells have little reason to hasten the move to Internet calling, since they have invested billions in the very phone network that stands to suffer. But they don’t want to be left behind to new technology. And some analysts believe the Bells also want to make it a point to regulators by showing them how easy it is to bypass existing regulations. That would bolster the Bell’s case that all voice services should be regulated the same way, no matter what technology used to deliver them.

Some of the upstarts are offering Voip services at discounts of 29% to 30% from normal land-line charges. At least one company Skyper Ltd., based in Sweden, offers free voice calls among users of the company’s service called Skype. Skyper hopes to make money by selling more advanced services to the users it’s attracting.

These new companies are rolling out their services to millions of people with the help of just a handful of employees and at little cost. Vonage Holdings Corp., an Edison, N.J., startup offers Voip voice service for as little as $24.99 a month to 70,000 customers, has just 220 employees. By contrast Verizon has more than 200,000 employees, not counting its wireless arm.

Voip could accelerate the already rapid loss of jobs at phone companies, some analysts say. Total employment at the Bell companies, AT&T Corp., Spring Corp. and MCI has dropped to 718,000 by the end of last year from a peak in 2000 of 878,00, and the number continues to plunge.

The established phone companies’ embrace of Voip is the latest example of how quickly a new technology can help reshape an industry. “We’re probably going to see more telecomm companies going the Voip route for consumers,” says James Enck, a telecom analyst with Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe Ltd. In London. “Large phone companies would be stupid no do so.”

While large phone companies are only beginning to offer consumer Voip services, some are already pushing hard to sell such services to the business market. SBC recently announced it will launch Voip services for small to midsized businesses in the country’s largest cities. BellSouth Corp. says it plans to launch Voip for businesses next year and has run trials for consumer VoIP, but a spokesperson declines to say whether the company will offer such a consumer service in the near future.

Meanwhile, Qwest says it doesn’t want to wait for new regulations before making a move in VoIP. “We’re going to fully embrace this,” says Dick Notebard, its CEO. The Denver-based company says it plans to begin offering the service to residential customers in Minnesota in December and then roll it out elsewhere next year.

Verizon says that by the second quarter of next year it have Voip service for consumers on the market it will have a Voip service for consumers on the market and by the end of the 2004 it will bring Voip service quality up to par with that of Verizon’s land-line network. “The bundle of the future could feature broadband applications over fiber, voice over IP and wireless,” says Peter Thonis, a spokesperson for the New York company.


A sample of Voip options for consumers

  • Vonage, $24.99 for unlimited regional and 500 minutes nationwide.

  • Net2Phone $24.99 for 1,000 minutes nationwide.

  • Voiceglow, $12.99 for free local, free calls to other Voiceglow users, four to five cents per minute anywhere

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