Monday, September 19, 2005

Accept VoIP

Back at the Vodafone investor day, asked by an analyst whether Vodafone would use IMS to block/degrade VoIP services, CTO Thomas Geitner just said that he doesn't believe this is a technologically sustainable idea, and that we should just accept VoIP as inevitable and get on with business, ensuring that the native network offering (my phrasing) is price-competitive. I thought I heard a sharp intake of breath from across the stage at this point, but I could be wrong. Another bulge bracket analyst has asked about legal issues surrounding VoIP blocking, and Mr. Geitner replied that one can't build a business case around such a concept. I guess we can leave that to the Verso's of the world.

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