The real telecom revolution? It's all about WANs, not VoIP

Moffat, Dan
November 2004
America's Network;11/1/2004, Vol. 108 Issue 16, p18
Trade Publication
This article argues that Wide Area Networking (WAN) is undergoing fundamental changes that will restructure all enterprise telecommunications for the next 10 years. VoIP is a delivery technology, not a new service. VoIP dramatically reduces carrier equipment costs, but the really exciting aspect is that it is one element of the trilogy of services in the inevitable IP convergence of voice, data, and video. Over the next 10 years, IP VPN will become the dominant form of networking. Building business applications that combine voice, data, and video over an existing enterprise VPN is straightforward. VoIP will come in two forms: "best effort" riding consumer broadband and "business class" riding an enterprise VPN. The real telecom revolution is in broadband access and is IP VPN.


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