Title: A European Perspective of VoIP in Market Competition
Citation: COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM vol. 51 no. 11 p. 118-120
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC47244
ISSN: 0001-0782
URI: http://www.acm.org
DOI: 10.1145/1400214.1400238
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The debate on the future of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is not new. For some time now this technological innovation has been considered one of main drivers for reshaping the telecommunications industry. Such is the case that even former Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Michael Powell, said at the Davos World Economic Forum (Switzerland, January 2004) that VoIP ¿is probably the most significant paradigm shift in the entire history of modern communications, since the invention of the telephone¿. However, the lack of maturity of the technology itself (as well as of the infrastructures that should have supported it) caused the most optimistic expectations surrounding it not to have been met during its initial phase of development. The latter applies particularly in Europe. Nevertheless, its gradual conquest of the business market and some positive (although heterogeneous) statistical trends for residential users have once again attracted the attention on the changes that the development of VoIP would bring.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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