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VoIP : The New Threat

Here is your summary of the latest relevant news about VoIP, Internet telephony and related topics in Southern Africa and the world again – short and sweet.

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VoIP : The new threat. In 2005, analyst group IDC Australia estimated one out of seven companies in Australia had already installed some kind of enterprise VoIP connection, with service and equipment forecasts showing figures reaching over $850 million by 2009. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, according to Peter Warner, Commercial Director of Australian-based VoIP provider, Freshtel, who says companies are willing to overlook the initial outlay, due to the inherent benefits of VoIP.

Mixed reaction to Infraco. Telecoms stakeholders have welcomed the competition and possible lowering of broadband prices the introduction of the government telecommunications infrastructure company Infraco could bring to the local telecoms arena. However, they have also questioned government’s integrity in liberalising the market.

Deadline set for BCX, Telkom probe. The Competition Commission has until 17 November to hand its recommendations for Telkom’s takeover of Business Connexion (BCX) to the Competition Tribunal.

Erwin promises cheaper broadband. “Research has shown that long-distance and international communications costs are the key reasons for high broadband costs in SA. Any intervention structured to address tier one (national long-distance) and tier three (international) cost structures would have a significant impact on the affordability of broadband in SA,” Erwin added.

iBurst weighs WiMAX options. Local news website MyADSL reports that iBurst is particularly interested in using WiMAX for backhaul connectivity rather than end-user links.

Time Warner adds VoIP servers. Time Warner Cable has selected the SURPASS IP-based voice feature server platform from Siemens Networks to help accelerate its VoIP deployment.

Taking risks with broadband. Local broadband is lagging the rest of the world by more than most people probably realise. Surprisingly, increased speed is not pushing users to download more multimedia or make more video calls. According to PointTopic, IP TV and VOIP applications are making an impact on less than 10% of the online community.

Telecom Namibia focuses on IP. Telecom Namibia is converting its fixed network from a digital switched platform to an all Internet protocol (IP) network with seamless provision of services across all technology, whether fixed or wireless.

Confusion over MTN VOIP tariffs. The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has not received a tariff application from MTN to charge customers R25 per megabyte for the use of the operator’s VOIP services, it says.

Viper Networks Opens Saudi Arabia Office to Serve Middle East, South Asia. Viper Networks, Inc. today announced that it has opened an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to market and manage VoIP services, Networks and infrastructure in the Middle East, Pakistan, India and neighboring areas.

The office, opened under a license from the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), will serve as a key element in Viper Networks’ growth strategy of finding and serving overlooked markets worldwide.

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October 25, 2006 Posted by | Viper News SA | Leave a comment