Nortel Network�s CTO & VP of
Network Architecture, Phil Edholm kicked off yesterday�s keynote session
which took place in the Crystal room of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in
Los Angeles during the third day of
Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO. He began his excitingly
detailed presentation by describing how he sees the VoIP industry in the
next 5-10 years.
His vision�one he described
as high on convergence. He foresees a definite dissolution of distance
and location, thanks to �presence,� made possible by VoIP-enabled
communications. He also sees a great expansion and creation of
completely integrated communication devices; hyper-interactivity; and
VoIP-enabled �personal agents.�
He continued by emphasizing
the need of our industry developers and VoIP enablers of reaching their
goals of reducing operational communication costs and at the same time,
rapidly increase revenue. He described today�s communication systems as
a group of multiple separate networks enabled by a mixture of disparate
communication services in place. He noted that this will all change once
corporations begin incorporating VoIP technologies and devices�which
will make all data and voice applications available and organized into a
single converged network.
He believes that the merge of
voice over IP-enabled devices with available mobile networks will be
very big in the coming years. �This will eventually benefit all remote
workers in the world in a big way, and will allow them to be more
productive because these devices will integrate seamless mobility across
all environments,� he stated.
Edholm ended his presentation
by assuring attendees that today, developers of VoIP technology services
and products were working hard to solve issues that worry early
adopters�such as security and reliability.
|Johanne Torres is a contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was
the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She
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