Will termination fees still be alive when everyone is interconnecting via VoIP?
A lot of VoIP operators is really a fancy re-seller of other PSTN operators services. This means that they do not see any revenue on termination fees - the one who sees termination fees are their SS7 partners. For sure the VoIP operators would love to get termination fees - but currently this means that they either need to make special deals with their SS7 provider, or they need to implement SS7 themselves.
Is not one of the major points about becoming av VoIP operator is to circumvent SS7 and trouble the Big Bad Telcos?
Question: If I where an ISP today, would I really venture into VoIP?
I was asked to work on that question for one of my customers. Most Euroepan ISPs are not doing VoIP as their core business - their core business is still selling and deploying broadband connections.
Some places in Europe we now see a shift from deploying VoIP in the residential market and into the business market.
Should the ISPs leave the business market to the pure VoIP operators, or should they venture into that market at all? For a lot of reason I do think ISPs can do a lot of business in that market.
If we look beyond the 12 month mark the picture may not necessarily be so clear anymore - at least not in the SME market.
Smith on VoIP notes that WiFi Phone Sales Up 60%…They Still Sucks.
For sure the current crop of VoIP WiFi handsets are for the technically inclined. After trying out several such hand sets over the last year I am not very impressed - or amused - on how utterly bad it is possible to create a user interface to configure VoIP AND the WiFi connection.
Actually - configuring WiFi+VoIP on the Nokia cell phones are even worse.