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Ingram: The Internet Meets Telecom, Part II

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December 1, 2003

By Matt Ingram

One sign that a new technology is coming of age is when the federal government decides to get its mitts all over it - and by that standard, voice over Internet or Voip has definitely arrived. On Monday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission began a series of hearings
on the emerging technology, which has the potential to destabilize the telecom industry in both the U.S. and Canada.

In the first collision between the Internet and telecom, in the early 1990s, communications companies were eager to jump on board the Internet train for a couple of reasons. Network providers such as Global Crossing and 360networks - and equipment suppliers such as Nortel and JDS - were entranced by the massive volumes of data traffic the Internet represented. And telecom providers wanted something to sell to customers to make up for their declining voice traffic.

As we all know by now, this frenzy of demand created a telecom bubble both in services and equipment that eventually burst in 2000, driving several companies into bankruptcy and others (such as Nortel) to the brink of dissolution.

Now, along comes Voip - or "voice over Internet protocol." As a technology, Voip has been around for some time, but has been plagued by quality issues. Since the Internet is designed for small packets rather than dedicated connections between two points, telephone service has tended to be patchy and annoying. Providers such as Net2Phone and Dialpad have users, but they are still essentially niche applications.

As the technology has evolved, however, so has the quality, to the point where some companies and regional governments in North America and Europe have moved to a Voip phone system. Not only are there many advantages to an Internet-based phone network, including the fact that voice mail can be merged with e-mail - but Voip systems can be a lot cheaper as well.

One of the things that makes them cheaper, of course, is also what has authorities such as the FCC - and eventually the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission - interested, and that is the fact that Voip is not considered a telecommunications service (or at least not yet). In other words, Voip providers are not subject to the same costs and regulations as providers of regular voice services.

That difference can mean a lot. If you sign up for Voip service from a company called Vonage, you get a special phone and calls that cost as little as one-tenth what they cost with a regular telecom provider (calls between Vonage users are free). A Voip startup called Skyper is based in Sweden and run by the founders of the Internet file-sharing network Kazaa. It uses a small downloadable application called Skype that provides Internet calls, like Net2Phone.

Another Voip company called SIPphone is backed by Michael Robertson - the founder of both and Lindows, which offers an alternative to Microsoft's Windows based on the "open source" software known as Linux. Customers buy a phone that uses the SIP protocol, which helps merge voice calls and the Internet (a competing standard is known as H.323).

In California, state authorities have asked several Voip providers to register as telephone service providers, which would make them subject to the same regulations as a phone company. Among other things, they would have to obtain licenses, pay access fees and provide 911 service. A U.S. District Court in Minnesota, however, recently ruled that Vonage and others were not telecom providers.

FCC chairman Michael Powell has yet to come down on one side of the debate. He has said there needs to be some kind of regulatory framework, but it's not clear whether "we will tailor a set of regulatory clothing uniquely for [VOIP] or whether we will make it wear Ma Bell's hand-me-downs." Many Voip proponents, including Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron, believe that regulatory requirements could squash much-needed competition.

Some providers, such as Verizon and Sprint, are looking to Voip as a way of competing for both retail and corporate telecom customers, and as a way of using up network bandwidth, while smaller companies are looking at it as a way of competing with larger counterparts. And cable companies see Voip as providing an easy route into the telecom services game, which cable operators have been talking about for some time.

For the past few months, in fact, there have been rumours that Vonage is interested in testing the Canadian market, possibly through an alliance with a cable company or competing telecom carrier. Rogers and Shaw Communications have both talked about voice service, but Atlantic provider Eastlink is so far the only major cable company that offers telecom services. In the U.S., several cable companies have begun offering limited Voip service trials, including Time Warner Cable.

Meanwhile, networking companies such as Cisco Systems and Nortel are hoping that Voip demand from corporations will help provide a growth boost after years of slack sales. Cisco has been selling its Voip phones to companies such as Merrill Lynch, but there are still hurdles - including the fact that melding voice and the Internet raises security concerns.

Despite those bumps, however, everyone from equipment providers to telecom carriers and cable providers are hoping that Voip becomes a reality - if only because it is the one thing that shows some promise of compensating for the demise of the telecom bubble era.

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