Incumbents Get VOIP Wakeup Call
Incumbents were told that their future lies in providing facilities to help customers use VOIP services, such as SIP (session initiation protocol) servers. Although this might undermine their existing PSTN revenues in the short term, they’d be saving their bacon in the long term, said Richard Stastny, project manager at ÖFEG, a consultancy owned by Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA), itself an incumbent carrier.
Right now, many incumbents have a flawed strategy on VOIP, Stastny says. They’re still trying to protect PSTN revenues rather than facing up to the fact that they’re going to dwindle to nothing sooner or later.
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