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Vonage Limbers Up For European Launch

April 14, 2004

By Adrian Baschnonga

Hot on the heels of its Canadian launch, US Voip provider Vonage has laid down its European strategy.

WMRC Perspective


US-based Vonage is preparing to launch Voip services in Europe, beginning with the UK and Switzerland.


The operator is pressing ahead with expansion and aims to capitalise on benign regulation as it builds a global footprint.


Incumbent carriers are cognisant of the threat posed by the low-cost Voip model, with Deutsche Telekom anxious to tap the potential of the nascent technology as a 'killer application' for broadband users.

Voip Invasion

US internet telephony company Vonage is gearing itself for launch in the UK and Switzerland in Q3 2004, with Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Rego keen to talk up further launches across Europe. Vonage, which recently passed the 130,000 mark in terms of subscribers, raised over US$40m in financing in February 2004 specifically for foreign expansion. In an interview with Dow Jones, Rego was adamant that, 'this is just the beginning of the story... you'll probably see us in other countries by the end of the year'.

Over 5m calls a week are made using the New Jersey-based carrier's flat-rate service and the expanding player feels its low-cost credentials can see it win over Europe's burgeoning broadband user base which, standing at some 20m in the European Union (EU), rivals US levels.

Vonage will appear in the UK first, with Rego noting that the UK's regulatory environment, comparable to the US, was a key factor. Meanwhile, the US firm sees Switzerland as its starting point for continental services, with border town Basel the city set for initial service provision.

Basel's location - it is situated in the north of Switzerland, bordering France and Germany on either side - renders it the ideal area for Vonage to gauge European demand. Although Reno was at pains to emphasise Vonage's fleet-footed ambition, he nonetheless recognised the need for partnership. Without being drawn on specifics, the Vonage CFO noted that the UK lacks heavyweight electronics chains, demanding a strategic shift for a company that has courted such companies in the US alongside cable operators and traditional carriers. Looking beyond his company's ambitious European approach, Reno argued that broadband opportunities in general were on the up as a result of Wimax and other cutting-edge technologies, with increased bandwidth potentially paving the way for Vonage to offer video phones within the next two years.

Canadian Challenge

Last week, Vonage announced that it had begun operations in Canada with the help of 360networks Corp, adding that it was the first time the Motorola VT 1005v device had been shipped outside the US. The company's Canadian internet link was provided by GT Group Telecom Service Corp, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based 360network Corp. At the time of launch, Vonage Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeffrey Citron affirmed that Canadian internet users had long requested the ability to use Canadian numbers for Vonage's broadband-based voice service. A residential phone plan retails at C$19.99 (US$14.91) per month, including 500 minutes of local, toll and long-distance calling throughout Canada and the US. Vonage's Canadian footprint forms part of a homogeneous North American footprint - customers on both sides of the border receive the same 24/7 assistance from Vonage's customer care group. Vonage's drive towards an international footprint comes after the firm sued US carrier AT&T in March 2004, claiming the long-distance carrier's 'CallVantage' Voip service bore a name too similar to its own brand (see United States: 31 March 2004: Vonage Sues AT&T Over its New Voip Service).

Outlook and Implications

Vonage Expands to Offset Growing Domestic Competition: While Vonage can only lay claim to around a 0.15% share of the US fixed-line voice market, there is no doubt that - in the face of a lenient US regulatory landscape - Voip services are expected to prove a winner with broadband users (see United States: 13 February 2004: FCC Rules Not to Regulate Free Voip Service, Indicates Good News for Other Providers). As such, traditional US carriers have taken to launching their own Voip offerings, with AT&T set to be followed by Verizon.

Moreover, leading cable operators are keen not to be left out in the cold, with New Jersey-based Cablevision rolling out its Optimum Voice service in November 2003. Meanwhile, start-ups have also been making considerable headway in the nascent Voip market: Skype, a company founded by the two Swedes behind Kazaa, gives away free peer-to-peer software enabling Voip services. So far, it has claimed 6.7m downloads.

Challenge to European Incumbents: The low-cost advantages of Voip represent a particular threat to European incumbents' existing fixed-line voice services.

Nevertheless, as with WLAN provision, Europe's former monopolies are loathe to be left behind and last month Deutsche Telekom CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke revealed that his company was considering how best to exploit Voip while stressing that low existing fixed-line voice pricing in Germany would reduce the impact of the new technology.

Nevertheless, Europe's brigade of voice-dependent incumbents must shudder at the speed of Vonage's expansion to date, regardless of potentially damaging price competition - the US firm's Canadian roll-out, including service provision in French, took just a few months.

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