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Fixed Line Communication Could Meet its Demise in 15 Years Thanks to VoIP

 
March 21, 2014


By Joe Rizzo, TMCnet Contributing Writer
 

There have been several reports out lately forecasting that we can expect to see about 130 million people making mobile video calls in just four years. One factor that makes this a possibility is the current push to deploy 4G LTE (News - Alert) networks. A byproduct of LTE networks covering so much ground in so many regions is the technological advancements in VoIP and VoLTE.

There are already a lot of companies claiming that for a nominal monthly fee, they can offer you free, crystal clear phone services over the Internet. Cable providers are already taking advantage by offering what they all call a triple play deal that includes phone service.

Messagenet S.P.A. is a company based in Milan, Italy, that develops and sells VoIP and internet fax services. To date, the company claims to have more than 500,000 registered users, 400,000 telephone numbers assigned, more than 7 million minutes of conversation and two and a half million faxes processed per month.

One of the co-founders of this company is Marco Fiorentino. He believes that a new service from Messagenet, called Mtalk.net, will have a significant effect in the VoIP world. His comments on this include, “This is a simpler service to use than other services as you simply click and talk, or click and text. We think that fixed-lines will be around for some time but there is no question that there is going to be a slow substitution of traditional fixed-line or voice calls on mobile with this type of application. But it’s going to be a very long process.”

The estimated length of this process is expected to be around 15 years. Fiorentino said, “In 10 to 15 years, phone numbers will not be the complex at the time. I think a link that is easy to remember, in the long run, is going to be the way that you reach people.”

Fiorentino’s  belief is that the personalized addresses of the Mtalk.net webpages will be ideal for brands to have a central point of contact. In addition, it would also be a way that the general public can keep telephone numbers private.

One potential problem that I can see is that if your private phone number is on a webpage, wouldn’t that make it easy for hackers to get to it? The company’s response to this way of thinking is that it has patented a system it believes will stop spammers being able to contact people through the service. This is something that Fiorentino believes should ward off the threat of copycat services.

We have seen that Verizon (News - Alert) is trying to slowly wean people off of copper-based landlines in favor of VoIP services. There are however problems that arise from this. There are certain medical and home security services that require a copper line to function properly.

As Fiorentino mentioned, we are looking to more than a decade into the future. By that time we might have that chip implanted in our palm that will allow us to make phone calls and view videos, literally in the palm of our hand. Do you suppose that it will be a VoIP service?




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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