VoIP, Not Features, New Thinking

Tom Evslin argues that VoIP will be known for its features. Aswath, thinks otherwise, and believes that in order for VoIP to truly deliver on its promise, we have to think differently. Over on Broadband Blog he writes, “I am concerned that we as a community may focus our attention on wrong things. It is true that certain features are possible only with IP Communication; PSTN can never hope to provide them. The most important of these is that IP Communication facilitates any-to-any communication. Here I do not mean P2P – a hijacked term that requires many nodes– and “serverless” – which requires many in the community. Let me coin a new term – “autonomous”, wherein two or more communicate directly with each other without the intervention of any special service providers or special nodes but use well established IP services provided by commodity providers.” Continue reading