VOIP, OpenSource Threaten Bell Labs

It is ironic that Bell Labs, the very cradle where UNIX was polished to perfection, the first Integrated Circuit was crafted and where the first digital phone call was made is facing pressures from new open source technologies and VoIP. It is a case of unexpected effects of digital revolution. When everyone assumed that Linux would threaten Microsoft, it ended up eclipsing Sun. This is a great interview by InfoWorld with Jeffrey Jaffe, president of research and advanced technologies at Bell Labs. Instead of waiting too long, Bell Labs is fighting back and is developing a carrier grade VoIP system, and also developing a new computing platform for telecoms that is based on open source software. If that happens, Sun and HP-Compaq stand to lose more business, this time from big spending telecom operators.

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