Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Fall VON 2004 - Day 2 - Highlights

This day started as usual with Jeff giving his early morning speech, announcing more then 5000 participants and more then 200 Exhibitors.

He stated that VoIP is nowadays a fashion statement, but this can be risky if VoIP is not fashionable anymore. So VoIP is on crossroads between reality and hype.

VoIP is really Everthing over IP, this is not your fathers telephone, it is IP communications.

Side remark: some VoIP service providers seem a bit hypnotized by the incument snake and consider themselves mainly in competion with Landline replacement, which is not wise in two aspects: on one they are trying to get market share in a shrinking market and on the other side they miss the WiFI and WiMax opportunities of EoIP. The real competition is the mobile operators and they should really provide the new "portable" Internet (see ITU-Report 2004). They also seem to miss the IM and presence side of SIP. I am tempted to call them VoIP Bellheads.

Jeff also asked what if CB happened today?

the wireless carriers whould scream foul.

He also announced somewhat mysteriously a new Pulver Petition II, addressing with numbering, without saying much more. Could it be a revival of personal area code 500? This is definitely an unused resource lying around and would fit nicely as VoIP number popping up now everywhere (recently in after Japan, Austria, UK, Korea in Germany and Ireland).

After Jeff the long awaited speech from Michael Powell, FCC Chair took place. After some nice introductory words to the audience:
"I am proud to stand in front of you, you are bringing the revolution
army on the march, etc.", he said that Voip has made fire under a depressed industry and it mportant for the government to nurture and not to nudge it. VoIP is bringing important and powerful developments like wifi PDAs, etc., ipods, ... and bringing greater value to individuals and communities. Great innovation is possible,
a promise for the communications industry

He will make sure that a willing provider is always reaching a willing consumer, finally resting the falread mentioned four points internet freedom

abusive market power by vertically oriented providers

There is need of a new constitution for VoIP and this is most important and far reaching for the FCC, and can be expected next year.

The aim is exclusive federal jurisdiction for VoIP issues (applause)

VoIP: give it liberty (more applause from the audience)

I already asked Jeffrey Carlisle in the Town Hall Meeting why stop with federal jurisdiction, the Internet is global, so I was happy to hear finally from Michael Powell that the FCC will also try to ensure a minimal international jurisdiction. This was new.

In the Q&A following I put down the following notes:

-Proof for intervention lies with the goverment and not with the entrepreneur
-carrier interconnection broke long ago, it is a distortion, it has nothing to do with VoIP, its becoming arbitrary, incomprehensible
-I am tired about hearing about Korea and Japan ;-)
-For providing bottlenecks a big warning planned
-Jonathan Rosenberg: what about CALEA and LI
-first priority for the government is to protect citizens, this not an economic issue

Next came Charles Giancario, Sr. VP and CTO, Cisco on "VoIP, the consumer and the NGN"

He said that up to now we looked at the NGN from inside out, basically what we will build will define what service you get, this is wrong, consumers and business customers will now drive carrier network infrastructure decisions and drive the NGN.

Cathy Martine, Sr VP, ATT
VoIP ... the evolution continues

Gave her usual presentation, interesting but nothing exceptional.

Sir Terry Mathews, Chair of Newport/Mitel Networks gave a very intersting and eceptional speech "which really laid things bare. He talked about the death of the (networked) canal industry in the face of orders-of-magnitude improvements offered by railways — and reminded people that cost improvements of the same magnitude had occured in fiber, silicon and storage in the space of half a decade." (citation from Telepocalypse).

Anoop Gupta, Corporate VP, Real-Time Collaboraion Business Unit

made after some introductory word in principle the product announcements:

the Life Communications Server 2005

Live Meeting, providing hosted services for web conferencing and integation of real-time communication in all office applications

and as of today
"Istanbul" - the codename for the new MS Messenger to be available for Beta test now.

After lunch I visited the Global IP Alliance dicussion with Jonathan Askin. The Alliance is IMHO still searching for fokus, scope and even name (VON International?), not much progress was made

After this I had some talks on the side with Thilo Salmon ( and Eli Katz (T-Strategy and ITSPA UK) on the European direction regarding regulatiry issues and how to align these with the US regulation. We also discussed our naturally different view points on VoIP from incumbent side and virtual VoIP service provider side.

So the only afternoon session I made was the break-out session on "IAX2: the next SIP"

Brad Templeton, Chair of the Electronic Frontier Foundation provided a very critical view current VoIP applications and escpecially SIP, Mark Spencer compared SIP and IAX, proving that IAX2 is superior in many respects (from his point of view).

The day ended in a big dinner at Kingfish arranged by Timothy Jasionowsky with Rich Shockey, Willi Wimmreuter, Thilo Salmon, Scott Petrack, Cullen Jennings, Igor Brusic (OeFEG), Frank Ohrtmann (Softwitch Consulting), John Todd, Jon Petersen, Jiri Kuthan, Michael Haberler et al.

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