Verisign, close to a VoIP deal

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VeriSign is nearing deals with about 10 Net phone service providers, according to a key executive of the network security company, reports C/Net

The service providers, seven in the United States and three in Europe, are “very close” to using VeriSign’s behemoth signaling network to ensure that subscribers’ calls reach those using traditional home, office or cell phones, VeriSign Vice President Tom Kershaw said Monday. There are only a handful of network operators, including Level 3 Communications, AT&T and others, with the infrastructure to offer such a service. Seeing an opportunity for its own network, VeriSign began wooing Internet phone operators four months ago.

Tom Keating has a good analysis of the news. The story, has one glaring oversight though. It says that, “Interest in VoIP was seeded by the likes of Free World Dialup, which distributes software for making free calls between broadband-connected PCs.” If I remember correctly, there were dozens of voice-over-the-internet companies including Vocaltec, back in mid-1990s when the craze first took off.

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Andy Abramson

Om. of course there were a bunch of free calling type services. None of them interconnected though, they sounded like crap. Then came companies like Vocaltec who used h.323 and it got somewhat better.

The SIP revolution really changed all this and now we have free phone services that can sound as good on the PC and terminate to PSTN. The key is if the company invests in a managed network or not.

Free is only so good. Pay means they have to live up to their promise.

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