|The San Diego Telecom Council presents…
The Vision and the Reality of Internet Protocol Telephony
November 6 , 2002
“Voice-over-IP, Who Cares?” or “Can I do more with this than make free long-distance phone calls?”
There are major forces behind the conversion of circuit-switching world of legacy voice networks to Internet Protocol-based voice services, commonly called Voice-over-IP, or VoIP. When the concept of VoIP first emerged, it represented a revolution in the way long distance telephone calls could be conducted. Using the Internet or a corporate local or wide area network, calls travel as packets of data on shared lines, avoiding the tolls of the PSTN. The challenge in VoIP is to deliver the voice, fax, or video packets in a dependable flow to the user. The benefit is reduced operating costs.
The drivers behind the roll-out of VoIP include: reduced capital expenditure requirement to build such systems; significantly lower cost of operating such networks; and introduction of new services that leverage the power of Internet. We are going to examine these drivers in more detail along with the following discussion topics:
– What are the drivers for change? Who really is driving the change to VoIP?
– What are the biggest barriers to deployment of VoIP on a pervasive basis?
– What are the fundamental technical issues that need to be overcome before VoIP can be deployed extensively?
– What are the benefits to the end customer?
– How about the legacy network? How do you bridge the legacy network to the VoIP network?
Naser Partovi, Enterprise Partners
Bob Young, SAIC. Bob is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Global Telecommunications Group. Mr. Young is also responsible for leading the corporation’s Next Generation Information Networks (NGIN) global strategy. Bob is the Chairman of ANX AP and is active on the Board of Directors for SAIC Ltd. Europe, nexStream, and the Advisory Board for Wisor Telecom.
Jeff Stern, GoBeam. Jeff is Executive Vice President and co-founder of GoBeam. GoBeam is the leading VoIP service provider for business and provides the service infrastructure, billing and customer support for Verizon’s Voice Over Broadband. Prior to founding GoBeam, Jeff helped found Encanto Networks, where he served as Vice President of Marketing. Stern is a pioneer in the transaction processing business, being a cofounder of Independence Technologies, Inc.
Michael McKeehan, Verizon. Currently a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Verizon Technology Organization, Mr. McKeehan is responsible for developing requirements for new services platforms, in particular voice over broadband products, including voice over IP using a variety of access technologies. He is also responsible for developing Verizon’s Technology Roadmap, a “beyond-the-headlights” view of technology developments for Verizon’s CTO and other senior managers. Mr. McKeehan has B.S.E.E., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees, all from the University of Maryland.
Michael Frendo, Cisco Systems, Inc. Michael is Cisco’s Vice President responsible for the Protocol and Sessions Applications Division of the Voice Technology Group. His team is responsible for the development and deployment of advanced Voice over IP protocols and application enabling technology for a broad range of Cisco products. Previously, Michael was Cisco’s Vice President responsible for the Technology Center, and led both an advanced development team and a new markets and technologies team. Frendo has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and an M.Eng. and PhD. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Matthew Collier, Televerse Communications. Matt is currently Founder, CEO and President of Televerse. Televerse is a broadband solution delivering virtual IP Centrex services to wholesale channels, VARs and Fortune 250 enterprise customers nation-wide. Prior to founding Televerse in 2000, Collier’s background in telecommunications includes his role as Vice President of Business Development and OEM Alliances at Polycom, Inc. His responsibilities included developing and managing technology and product development partnerships for Polycom products worldwide. Collier has published several papers on ease-of-use for videoconferencing and promoted establishment of common user interface for telephony based products.
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