Jan. 23, 2006
Stranova Strategic Edge, Vol. 2, Published January 23, 2006. As broadband and wireless internet services become more widely available, the related "WiFi" wireless antennae covering much larger distances, cities across the world setting up large-scale "free" wireless computer networks, and bandwidths of these connections dramatically increasing, the telecommunications industry is feeling the impacts as well. Through what is known as "Voice Over Internet Protocol", consumers now have many new and significantly less expensive alternatives to more traditional voice communications services such as cellular and "landline" telephone systems. That this is a "hot topic" is no question. From January 24th to January 27th, 2006, in fact, possibly as many as 18,000 people may be attending this year's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo East, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And radical shifts in the industry from one direction or another, whether from new technologies to support the industry or new distributors of that technology, are announced literally every few days around the world. This episode of Stranova Strategic Edge explores this new world of telecommunications, and what this may mean to consumers, businesses using the services, and the opportunities for further innovation in the near future.