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IMS: Cute But Wrong

Paul Jardine his written a lovely anti-IMS rant this morning. He says:

It seems that IMS is another stab at providing a sandpit for the IP kids to play in. But it is similarly doomed. (Hands up those of us who would willingly let our parents organise a party for us when we were 21?)

Here here!

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  • Frank Miller December 28, 2005, 6:34 am

    I'll have to play devil's advocate here I think. There sure is a lot of whining out there about the telcos (and in the interest of full disclosure, I have no relationship with any telco). However, I think I'm a little more sympathetic than most. Let's face it, 100 years ago, there was no phone system. Fifty years ago, there was very little digital equipment servicing phone users. Twenty-five years ago, there was no Internet to speak of. What I'm trying to figure out is, why is everybody in such a hurry. I mean, humans have been on this planet for thousands of generations and we have to whine about the fact that the telcos haven't rolled out your favorite killer app for you latest video-im-converged-mobile-wifi-itunes-enabled-blackberry thing-a-ma-jig? Jeez, give these guys a little bit of a break. They have to provide service to everybody in this country under 911 and Universal Service and all sorts of other burdensom regulations not the least of which is it has to just plain work, every single time! This is no small feat, and last time I checked, they were doing a relatively good job at it.

    So, now there's IMS. Well, what did you expect, these guys were going to just chuck all their equipment and processes to start hacking with the Linux kernel weenies? No, they are systematically incorporating the new IP technology into their existing system in a way that integrates the old and the new. That means making two-wire phones from 1920 work with mobile phones and mobile broadband and doing it all with boxes that didn't even exist 5 years ago. I think we could cut them just a little bit of slack.

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