"The sky is not falling," AT&T wrote to the NANC in a follow-up to the white paper. By contrast, only a handful of companies sell computer telephone service in the United States, with fewer than 100,000 people now using broadband connections to make phone calls. The leading computer phone provider is Vonage, which has about 10,000 customers. NANC and the North America Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) distribute phone numbers in blocks to so-called incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), which then transfer some of those numbers to competitive local exchange carriers, or CLECs, that ride on their lines.
Vonage representative Brooke Shultz said the company gets its iphone xs / x barely there - blush telephone numbers from CLECs, although she declined to name the suppliers or the terms of the transfer deals, Shultz dismissed the lobbying effort as a competitive tactic, "This is really the first sort of tactic to get us regulated," said Shultz, "We're not misusing numbers.", Industrywide makeover Regardless of where the industry stands now, there is no doubt of the momentum behind a new way of delivering voice communications at a fraction of the cost of traditional phone networks..
VoIP providers generally require two things--a broadband connection and either an adapter for a landline phone or a microphone and speaker device for computers. The calls travel mostly over the Web, avoiding the toll roads that are traditional phone lines. As a result, computer phone services can offer plans with unlimited dialing and no long-distance charges. The average monthly price is $40. News.CommentaryIP telephony still hasn't cracked the code for selling to big businesses. VoIP's efficiencies come through its use of packet-switching technology, which breaks up communications into small bits that are dispersed to find the fastest path across the network and recombined at the end point. Traditional telephony, by contrast, is "circuit-switched," creating a dedicated channel for the duration of the call.
Analysts have cautioned that traditional phone companies could get squeezed out of VoIP technology, Responding to the threat, big carriers, including Verizon and Qwest, have been inking billion-dollar deals with equipment makers such as Nortel Networks, to add packet-switching capabilities, Sprint began adding packet switching to its network in 2002, after a $1.1 billion deal with Nortel, Qwest has also announced that it will adopt packet-switching technology, Norm Bogen, a communications infrastructure and services analyst with Cahners In-Stat, expects the sale of media iphone xs / x barely there - blush gateways, the equipment needed to install VoIP systems, to increase from $883 million in 2003 to $2.74 billion in 2006..
Even as the big carriers race to get into this area, however, Bogen tipped the advantage to the upstart VoIP providers. "They are replacing the local phone company," Bogen said. Local telecommunications giants want to make it harder for Internet telephony providers to get access to the dwindling supply of unassigned phone numbers. A group of telecommunications giants is quietly pushing a proposal that could create hang-ups for up-and-coming Internet-telephone rivals. At stake are rules used to divvy up the 5.2 billion unassigned phone numbers set aside for use in North America, one of the biggest potential markets for Internet, or voice over IP (VoIP), telephone services.