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I use Google News to do a daily search for new stories on VoIP.  Yesterday’s headlines included:

African Operators ‘Deny, Delay, Degrade VOIP.  Monopolistic telecoms operators in Africa are hindering the roll-out of cost-saving technology, as they fear the loss of revenue brought about by increased competition.

Costa Rican telco lobbies to criminalise VoIP. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) is pushing for stringent controls over VoIP that at their most draconian could make internet telephony a crime, Costa Rican daily La Nación reports.  According to the paper, 20 per cent of Costa Rica international calls are made using VoIP rather than over conventional phone circuits. ICE argues that VoIP ought to be treated as a substitute telephone service and regulated more tightly than data services. It

And in the Phillipines, PLDT acknowledges VoIP as its biggest threat in 2005. The telephone company is not taking it sitting down, however, disclosing plans to upgrade its aging telephone network into a more data-centric network that will support voice, data, and video.

Phone Companies Feeling The Pinch From VoIP. Dutch phone company KPN has announced plans to cut 8,000 jobs over the next five years after it reported a sharp drop in annual profits.

The disruptive power of VoIP is being extended globally, and generating reaction.  The reaction varies from litigate, to compete, to downsize, but the incumbent monopolies are reacting. Are we finally hitting the tipping point? 

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