13 August 2004

VOIP Sub-Critical Dependency

This from Om Malik was going to be just another VoIP's not quite ready for prime time story's and was about to enter file 13 when I picked a comment from Andy Abramson "Outages like Vonage is having are to be expected, but not appreciated. With growth comes growing pains. Experience in a carrier is what one needs to look for, and a network that is fully redundant, fault tolerant. One has to ask, does your voip carrier have that?"

Andy then blogsOm's post w/o his comment. The post is not wrong, a very Russian way of putting things, but the comment is more correct. If, as Om says, he wants a form of communication that works all the time then VoIP's not there because the carrier network was designed to be best efforts only. To get fault tolerant VoIP we will have to pay a carrier who will give our voice carrying data packages QoS preference over the porn surfers. And that will carry a cost.

Whilst I believe in disruptive technologies and business models, it's part of the DFJ faith, fully fault tolerant VoIP is not as cheap and "free" as currently touted. Yes its an order of magnitude cheaper than circuit switched calls but it's not free. Free as a marketing trick in Russia does not work. Russians don't believe that something that's free is worth having - it's a communism thing. Now a shed load of Russians use cheap VoIP calling cards etc to call Israel and the US, but they expect the QoS that they get.

Bottom line; enterprise-VoIP will save companies a lot of cash - it won't be for free.

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13 August 2004

VOIP Sub-Critical Dependency

This from Om Malik was going to be just another VoIP's not quite ready for prime time story's and was about to enter file 13 when I picked a comment from Andy Abramson "Outages like Vonage is having are to be expected, but not appreciated. With growth comes growing pains. Experience in a carrier is what one needs to look for, and a network that is fully redundant, fault tolerant. One has to ask, does your voip carrier have that?"

Andy then blogsOm's post w/o his comment. The post is not wrong, a very Russian way of putting things, but the comment is more correct. If, as Om says, he wants a form of communication that works all the time then VoIP's not there because the carrier network was designed to be best efforts only. To get fault tolerant VoIP we will have to pay a carrier who will give our voice carrying data packages QoS preference over the porn surfers. And that will carry a cost.

Whilst I believe in disruptive technologies and business models, it's part of the DFJ faith, fully fault tolerant VoIP is not as cheap and "free" as currently touted. Yes its an order of magnitude cheaper than circuit switched calls but it's not free. Free as a marketing trick in Russia does not work. Russians don't believe that something that's free is worth having - it's a communism thing. Now a shed load of Russians use cheap VoIP calling cards etc to call Israel and the US, but they expect the QoS that they get.

Bottom line; enterprise-VoIP will save companies a lot of cash - it won't be for free.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great Blog! A real pleasure to read! Do you know that Traffic Portals will really boost your conversion rates and generate exclusively yours leads? We offer VOIP webinars - Marketing Courses Using Web Conferences about Traffic Portals I also have a website that talks about various high profile topics such as Retirement and includes an eBusiness Directory. I also would like to tell all of you reading this terrific blog about Retirement that should you be in need of a terrific host for a serious eCommerce Website that www.Kiosk.ws is Awesome Hosting value! They have the best online support team for all of your technical questions and a 3 minute emergency pager too. Looking to start your own affiliate program? They have an excellent script for you! They give you $70,000 dollars worth of software to build just about any type of e-commerce website you need! Go check it out if you get a chance. You can make more money than you spend and Create Free Will for Yourself! Again, Great Blog! Thanks. The info on Retirement Sooner was very informative!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

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Have a nice day.
Otai