Move Over, Vonage. Peerio Is Here

Business 2.0: Peer-to-peer technology, which file-sharing networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus use to connect computers over the Internet, has proved to be a disruptive force in many industries. We all know how the music business has been rattled by it. The movie moguls are spooked. Now the telecom business might be about to feel the impact of P2P, thanks to innovative software called Peerio from a little Israeli startup, Popular Telephony. The software is a marked shift from the way phone networks — new and old — work today. Typical networks require special switches to make connections between phones. The more recent Internet-based networks like Vonage use cheaper software switches and gateways to the old phone systems for interconnecting phones. Popular Telephony has eliminated the need for any switches. Continue reading at Business 2.0 website

Martin Geddes says: Yet a glowing light in the darkness exists in a small booth in the exhibition hall. Popular Telephony are changing the world, and making most of the other exhibitors obsolete. Their Peerio product is putting a SIP and H323 server into the silicon of phones on people’s desks. Married to this is an encrypted, peer-to-peer content management network. Your voicemails, emails, and even directories can be smeared around, in duplicate, at the network edge. No servers, PBXs, or centrexes. Want a telephone network? Available at Costco, $50 a phone, buy in bulk. Oh, and they’re quietly hijacking and subverting the PSTN numbering space, too. Just don’t say it too loud, in case someone hears.

James Enck says: At this point I’m left with the inescapable conclusion that Popular Telephony is trying to rewrite the rules for pretty much the entire industry with the exception of access. Perhaps now some more mainstream media attention will follow…