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Move Over, Vonage. Peerio Is Here

Business 2.0: Peer-to-peer technology, which file-sharing networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus use to connect computers over the Internet, has proved to be a disruptive force in many industries. We all know how the music business has been rattled by it. The movie moguls are spooked. Now the telecom business might be about to feel the impact of P2P, thanks to innovative software called Peerio from a little Israeli startup, Popular Telephony. The software is a marked shift from the way phone networks — new and old — work today. Typical networks require special switches to make connections between phones. The more recent Internet-based networks like Vonage use cheaper software switches and gateways to the old phone systems for interconnecting phones. Popular Telephony has eliminated the need for any switches. Continue reading at Business 2.0 website

Martin Geddes says: Yet a glowing light in the darkness exists in a small booth in the exhibition hall. Popular Telephony are changing the world, and making most of the other exhibitors obsolete. Their Peerio product is putting a SIP and H323 server into the silicon of phones on people’s desks. Married to this is an encrypted, peer-to-peer content management network. Your voicemails, emails, and even directories can be smeared around, in duplicate, at the network edge. No servers, PBXs, or centrexes. Want a telephone network? Available at Costco, $50 a phone, buy in bulk. Oh, and they’re quietly hijacking and subverting the PSTN numbering space, too. Just don’t say it too loud, in case someone hears.

James Enck says: At this point I’m left with the inescapable conclusion that Popular Telephony is trying to rewrite the rules for pretty much the entire industry with the exception of access. Perhaps now some more mainstream media attention will follow…

6 Responses to “Move Over, Vonage. Peerio Is Here”

  1. TooMuchHype

    With respect to Peerio, Om writes in the Business 2.0 article “The software also allows you to make calls to the plain old telephone systems owned by the Baby Bells.” That was October 19, 2004…6 months later and no where on the website does it say it can do that. Did you not confirm the company’s claims before your piece was published in a respected magazine like Business 2.0?

    Nimcat is even worse, I don’t see what the difference is between their offering and a VoIP Centrex offering other than a box sitting in your office instead of the CO.

  2. A little note for the hacks digesting. Stop scribbling. Think like a VC. It’s not how they cracked the algorithm but who. Who are the shady russian nuclear scientists? Who’s this Edmund Read? Doesn’t Dimitry remind you of someone?

  3. Peer to peer versus client/server

    In a perfect world peer to peer and client server and very different. In the real world the line is blurred. You still need forwarding/resolver or whatever they call it — services. I remeber this with Instant Messaging. PTP was to change everything. So ICQ was peer to peer. News flash folks. Centralized IM still runs the world. It just “appears” to be PTP for some applications like file sharing, video conferencing, etc. So today AIM, ICQ, etc. all share some backend systems in common.

    Long and short — Skype was already peer to peer in the loose sense. And strictly speaking Peerio (unless the have a way of port-scanning every IP address on the planet to find peers) — are still using servers for indexing, resolving, etc.

  4. sort of like the ”’early hype” on Skype where everyone and their mother was SCREAMING about Skype would take everyone out of business…………Peerio, Peerio…….Where ART THOU?????
    Lets wait for the Phat Lady to sing before everyone declares APOCOLYPSE PSTN too early………..


    Voip Aint put anybody out of business and alot of models have come and gone—-can or will PEERIO take off??????? ALOT of folks have great ideas………can GREAT IDEAS become Business Models??????????/ Case in Point, IBM and ATT in the Wifi Market???????? GGGGGGGGGGGGGG

  5. john mcclenny

    Put on your anti-BS shield – this is just stupid. This is the kind of product you expect from MS – let’s put someone in a position to scrape money from every phone call!!!!

    Maybe I am missing something here, but how can a serverless technology allow you to find other users?

    What resolves their magic “not a phone” number to an IP address? DUh? a server? Or do we just install spyware on each machine to learn the #/IP mapping? What is the magic gateway that allows you to connect from the internet to a PSTN phone? Duh? a VOIP gateway? What let’s me connect from SIP to S(hype)? A proxy? How does a PSTN phone call a Peerio phone? By calling a local phone number then the peerio number though a proxy? WHo pays for all of this software?

    God, is this the era again? Can a confusing fluff press release cause otherwise sane people to believe in the second coming of .com? If they convince enough people that they are the NEXT BIG THING maybe enough companies will spend money to embed their protocol.