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Vonage's crows come home to roost

Vonage's woes are weighing down the rest of the VoIP service provider industry, financially, says Om Malik.  The crows are coming home to roost, it seems.  It just isn't easy to build a competitive carrier, no matter what the technology.  The fact that these services are delivered over a residential internet connection can't erase that fact. 

The shift in investor sentiment is heartening.  Perhaps our industry can now start to move forward from the dead-end preoccupation of replacing telco-functionality with like, built on IP.  

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  • Martyn Davies April 27, 2007, 10:25 am

    Here here to that. If all you've got as a new telco is the same services but cheaper, then you're in trouble because the incumbents can use IP too, and they own enough infrastructure to tactically undercut whoever they lke. VoIP only makes sense when you start using its advantages, like mobility and presence, to build unique new services.

  • wallace white August 16, 2008, 12:13 am

    Ah, seems like competitors are are sending in sleazy bloggers to do their dirty work. Shame on you. Those crows definitely seeme to be up the blogger's butt!

  • Alec August 16, 2008, 4:26 am

    Wallace – you should back up your accusation that bloggers are working for Vonage's competition, or back off.

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