NGN voice networks to touch $498 mn by 2012

By 2012, market research firm, iLocus, projects 18.9 million Class 4 and 17.6 million Class 5 NGN lines to be deployed in carrier networks in India

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: India will be one of the leading Nextgen voice markets across the globe in the next few years. Carriers in the country have already drawn up plans for deployment of more than 14.9 million Class 4 Next Generation (NGN) ports and over 4.1 million Class 5 NGN lines.

These are findings of a report ‘Carrier Nextgen Voice Networks in India’ published by leading market research firm, iLocus. The report adds that an estimated volume of 1.23 million Class 4 softswitch and gateway ports have already been deployed for commercial use by carriers in India.

By 2012, iLocus, projects 18.9 million Class 4 and 17.6 million Class 5 NGN lines to be deployed in carrier networks in India on a cumulative basis, which translates into a revenue opportunity to the tune of $498 million between now and the year 2012. Continue reading

Special: A chequered history for VoIP in India

Analysts have blamed DoT for killing the VoIP industry in India and are now very unsure whether the technology will now make any sort of progress in the country

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Internet telephony industry in India after years of suffocating strangulations looks to make a new beginning in the country.

The recent TRAI recommendations, which makes case for allowing Internet telephony on PSTN networks opens doors for industry, which analysts say will boost technological convergence, push competition and will drastically reduces voice tariffs in the country.

History of Strangulations
VoIP in India: History of Strangulations

However the recommendations which allow ISPs to provide unrestricted Internet telephony (termination of Internet telephony calls on PSTN/PLMN and vice-versa) within the existing IUC regime is subject to DoT clearance.

The recommendations have been received with cheer from the majority of ISP for whom it is sign of hope after years of unnecessary state interventions.

TRAI has now permitted National Long Distance (NLD) operators to connect to ISPs through public Internet (Internet cloud) for unrestricted Internet telephony, on condition of mutual agreement between the ISPs and NLD operators for unrestricted Internet telephony.

Explaining the rationale behind recommending the removal of restrictions on Internet telephony, TRAI said the regulatory framework denied technological advancements to the common people. Level playing field issues were advocated against permitting these services under various licenses.

Too Little Too late

World over VoIP is now become as an essential part and parcel of telecom industry. However DoT has for some reasons has been extremely skeptical to allow the VoIP industry in the country.
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DoT has destroyed VoIP in India

By rendering VoIP impotent and a silent spectator, DoT has denied an Indian consumer a ubiquitous network/platform needed for new productive applications

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Internet telephony industry in India after years of suffocating strangulations looks to make a new strong beginning in the country. 

The recent TRAI recommendations, which makes case for allowing Internet telephony on PSTN networks opens doors for industry, which analysts say will boost technological convergence, push competition and will drastically reduces voice tariffs in the country. 

CIOL in a series of articles will be talking to leading analysts and market players in the industry to understand what the guidelines of mean for the growth of internet telephony in the country. 

In the first part of series, CIOL, caught up with Jahangir Raina, CEO and director of research at iLocus (www.ilocus.com), a VoIP industry analyst group. 

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Looking for next Skype – Part 2: damaka

VoIP IM’s have become part and parcel of enterprise communication environment. The acquisition of Skype by eBay for a whopping $2.6 billion some years back also point to maturation of PC-to-PC VoIP market and threat its poses to incumbent telecom players.

The trend quite reminiscent of the dotcom era, is witnessing a huge traction for the PC to PC VoIP players who all of sudden are becoming a hot property and an essential part of any Internet company’s communication strategy

Yahoo VoIP IM, Gizmo Project, Damaka, Jaxtr, to name a few are some of the PC to PC VoIP players that are getting traction in the market and pose a serious threat to Skype in the near future

In second part of the series, we take a look at Damaka

damaka is a peer-to-peer, SIP-based collaborative communication platform, which allows consumers to make free PC-to-PC calling worldwide

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Looking for next Skype – Part 1: Gizmo

VoIP IM’s have become part and parcel of enterprise communication environment. The acquisition of Skype by eBay for a whopping $2.6 billion some years back also point to maturation of PC-to-PC VoIP market and threat its poses to incumbent telecom players.

In the first part of the series, we take a look at Gizmo Project.

Gizmo Project is a peer-to-peer Internet telephony (VoIP) network and has till date 2 million downloads. Gizmo Project works on open standards based SIP protocol and has been conceived by its makers to meet the need of developing a SIP standard client.

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FoIP: Carving its own niche

Fax over IP entails transmitting fax over the IP network rather than the traditional PSTN lines. The technology hogs less bandwidth compared to analog faxing as FoIP uses packet data rather than the analog data to transmit the facsimile.

Over emphasising the power of email, many industry pundits had predicted the death of Fax over IP (FoIP) as a service even before it had been given a chance to pit against its adversary.

However, over the years, not only has FoIP as service resisted the market forces including the threat of email, it is growing strongly and has been able to carve out niche for itself in the niche markets.

Early days, tough days—-IP Networks were the pain

FoIP, though wonderful as a technology and service couldn’t live to its initial hype, the fact attributed to lack of robustness of the IP networks in late 90’s and early 2000. Continue reading

The future of FoIP is very bright

Adoption of email as a service in the corporate environment will never result in the death of FoIP”, says Max Schroeder vice president, of Faxcore.

In an interaction with me, Max, talks how FoIP has been able withstand the challenge or email and the market segment where FoIP continues to grow.

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Microsoft makes the VoIP move

Acquisition of Telio showcases Microsoft seriousness in VoIP market space

Not to be left out in the VoIP frenzy, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Teleo, a VoIP service provider similar to Skype, making it clear to its competitors and friends alike that Microsoft be taken as a serious player in VoIP market.

The aggressive VoIP announcement from the stables of Microsoft comes close on the heels of Google launching its VoIP service Google Talk, seen by observers as a potential threat to Internet Messaging providers like MSN, Yahoo, AOL and Skype. Microsoft’s acquisition also is an answer to rival Yahoo acquisition of Dialpad.

Yahoo had recently launched its own VoIP-enabled instant messaging (IM) product. With the Dialpad acquisition, Yahoo is looking to move into the VoIP carrier market and further expand upon Dialpad’s voice services as a core component of Yahoo’s communications offering.

In addition to new entrant Google, Microsoft’s main instant messaging competitors are Yahoo! and AOL. Yahoo!’s instant messenger had 78.8 million users in July, compared with 189.7 million for MSN Messenger and 64.4 million for Time Warner Inc.’s AOL Instant Messenger.

Founded in 2003, Teleo, a a small San Francisco start-up, is an ideal bet for Microsoft as it will allow Microsoft to incorporates Teleo’s technology into its consumer products like its instant-messaging program. According to Microsoft release, “Teleo technologies will help us improve the way customers make VoIP calls from MSN offering”

Teleo completed its beta testing in July and had wound down its service for further application developments and enhancements

Teleo provides downloadable software that enables free, SIP-compatible Teleo-to-Teleo voice calls, and the ability to make calls to, and receive calls from, the PSTN from a PC..

Teleo’s initial beta offering was designed to enable VoIP calling from a PC to standard phone or PC with click-to-call dialing through Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

However Teleo is way behind its rival Skype as it doesn’t have its own messenger service as well as it costs $4.95 per month compared to Skype which is sold free of cost to subscribers.

With the acquisition of Teleo Inc Microsoft will be able to bring VOIP deeper into projects under development for consumer applications.

Microsoft isn’t providing any detail about its future plans for Teleo, other than that it plans to integrate Teleo’s capabilities into its MSN portal, similar to way that Yahoo plans to use Dialpad.

Yahoo plans to integrate Dialpad’s technology with its new IM product to develop new VoIP services. Microsoft already uses VoIP technology in some products, including its instant-messaging program albeit not at a complex level.

A key part of Teleo’s technology lies in providing the ability to make calls from a PC to a standard telephone or cell phone. This feature will likely be integrated into MSN Messenger by the end of the year and MSN portal which already includes a VoIP feature, and expects to deliver new VoIP consumer applications in future releases of MSN services.

Microsoft started aggressively pushing for VoIP products in the early 2002 after its own voice enabled messenger service was thought to have serious flaws in terms of voice quality and clarity.

Microsoft and Teleo did not provide financial details on the acquisition, but did say that members of the Teleo executive team would continue to work with MSN following the acquisition, and product developers from the company are expected to now join the MSN team

The article first appeared on iLocus website

Slow, but steady: VoBB catches in Canada

Idhries Ahmad

This report first appeared in VoIP Global VoIP Annual Update 2005

CANADA CASE STUDY

VoB subscribers: 1,20,000-1,30,000

Market Leader: Videotron

Total land area: 9,984,670 sq km

Population: 32,805,041

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VOICE OVER BROADBAND MARKET IN CANADA

1. 1. An overview

Major players in VoB segment

2. 2. Regulatory environment in Canada

· · CRTC ruling

· · CRTC ruling & Canadian VoBB market space

· · CRTC ruling on E911 services

3. 3. Why Canada lags in VOBB adoption

· · Exceptional cost effective and quality PSTN Services

· · Canadians are slow to adopt new technology

· · Lack of major competitors and competition

· · Huge geographical area to cover

· · Not lot done on the business side

4. 4. Factors of growth

· · Awareness and education

· · Providing bundled services

· · Increase Broadband Penetration

· · Providing QoS to VoB services

5. 5. Trends in Canadian VoB service provider market

6. 6. Future of VoBB in Canada

· · Which issues need to be taken care off

· · CRTC role for the future

7. 7. Technical Challenges confronting VoBB industry

8. 8. Biggest player in VOBB

VOICE OVER BROADBAND MARKET IN CANADA

In Canadian market there are about 20 million phone lines, 13 million residential and 7 million businesses. Research points that by 2010 a third of them will move to VoIP.

An overview

Canadian Voice over broadband market is relatively young and has to be considered to be still in its infancy. With only a handful to be precise, 10-12 major and 20 smaller Voice over Broadband companies in the market, the relative market penetration of Voice over broadband is relatively small and infitesimally negligible when compared to the traditional circuit switch based telephony.

Though VoB started to show its presence in Canadian market way back in 1996, the pace has really picked up in 2004 with 2005 being the best year in terms of rate of adoption of Voice over Broadband Services mainly due to the entry of few cable players in the market.

With major Telco’s and more cable companies finalising their strategy of entering into the market coupled with a settled regulatory environment, Canadian VOBB market is finally looking up and is destined for major gains in the coming years.

Canadian market today has roughly 1,30,000-1,40,000 subscribers with Cable companies holding the major share followed by the pure VoIP Service providers Vonage while traditional incumbents following suit.

Videotron has the maximum number of VoBB(Voice over Broadband) subscribers while Vonage follows closely. Continue reading

VoIP is rather alien in the country that pioneered it

VoIP and Israel have had close ties that are as old as the VoIP technology itself. Israel is the country where this technology originated. A lot of high-tech innovation has come from the Israeli military that was subsequently commercialized. VoIP was pioneered and commercialized by company called Vocaltec that was recently acquired by Tdsoft.

However, here is the irony: VoIP as a service in Israel is comparatively alien to the people if one compares the usage of VoIP to countries like USA or Japan.

This irony stems from the fact that Israeli telecom services space has for a long time been tightly regulated. These tight regulations for inland telephony services in Israel meant that the incumbent telephony service provider Bezeq continued the dominate the services market. Nonetheless, the regulation has not restricted usage of VoIP for internal business use and areas such as Contact