Is VoIP dead?

Is VoIP dead? That's the debate going on in the blogosphere among some VoIP experts. Systems consultant and telecoms author Ted Wallingford points to comments by other VoIP experts declaring VoIP's passing, suggesting that VoIP is now just 'plumbing' and that it's "not the exciting thing it used to be."

In his blog posting headlined, "Those with VoIP's blood on their hands" Wallingford blames the "cable companies insisted on bundling data, TV, and phone service, and then didn’t differentiate their phone service from that of the existing LECs," and "equipment makers insisted on asinine licensing structures (are you reading this, Cisco and Avaya?) for the privilege of using their 'good enough' solutions, while scrappy, VoIP-only startups were sidelined by the general lack of decent broadband access." 

In a separate post, "10 points about the death of Voice over IP", Wallingford says VoIP is an infrastructure networking skill that is "no longer no longer demanding the high pay of years past," adding that "Get a Cisco certification in voice and you might have some sort of earning premium, but with the slow-down, I doubt it."

The 10th item on Wallingford's list is less than flattering about Cisco's part in VoIP's legacy: "Cisco’s vision of unified communications sucks and they’ve foisted it upon the business world, scaring many SMBs away from VoIP altogether and elbowing open technologies like SIP out of the large business space."

Also, check out Wallingford's post, Why Cisco is owning the UC space — and what Avaya can do about it.

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