Saturday, October 08, 2005

Long live skype

Couldn't have caught on soon enough. Voice over Internet Protocol (also called VoIP) was a bit ill-timed when it first emerged, your average consumer was running a 56kb/s internet connection that took long enough to load up a single page. One couldn't even conceive the thought of doing anything else over the internet because even the computers were simply not up to the job.

What's different?

These days the off-the-shelf, bog-standard computer is "beasty" (more capacity than the consumer actually needs) and broadband connections are two-a-penny. As with the "excess capacity" computer deals at very affordable prices, the broadband too is excessive in bandwidth.

And, globalisation is the turbo charger that can potentially save consumers telephone costs in the billions of dollars. Outsourcing to developing countries, which, coincidentally are the most expensive to call will not only save on the cost of operations (back-office or whatever), but will save on expensive phone bills through skype calls. If mobile phones (implying a network) are seen in the remotest places in developing countries then surely broadband technology (probably via satellite) should unsurprisingly be relatively easy to install.

I think the days of monopolistic landline companies are seriously numbered. I for one are using and enjoying the skype liberation. Long live skype, hopefully ebay bundling should propel skype even further.


Blogger Afromusing said...

yep yep.

lol, i remember trying to call on a 56k modem them days, afadhali 2 way radio

Saturday, October 08, 2005 9:41:00 pm  
Blogger Curious said...

No doubt, two way radio indeed !!

Saturday, October 08, 2005 10:19:00 pm  

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