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Johanne Torres[February 28, 2005]

Edholm: �VoIP is a technology that doesn�t change the world.�


“VoIP is a technology that doesn’t change the world.”

This is how Nortel Networks’ Phil Edholm opened his keynote address at the end of day three of the Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO, in the Hibiscus room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Miami, Florida. Edholm followed his statement by explaining how voice and data applications are the current areas of interest in our industry.

Edholm’s presentation titled "Convergence Vision," gave a detailed glance at the state of the VoIP industry and its new developments to make telecommunications mobile in order to fit our busy lifestyle. He explained how important it is for workers to be reachable at all times everywhere they go. He described wireless accessibility as the new vision. As examples of device that fulfill this new vision, Edholm mentioned laptops, PDAs and cell phones.

Edholm explained that SIP and packetized voice will indeed change the world, or at least the way we communicate. But not VoIP -- because, as he explained, VoIP is already here; it is really up to us to adapt the technology to our telecom efforts. “SIP creates a change on how we implement systems,” Edholm explained. Ultimately, these two technologies change the process from accessing devices to, in stead, accessing human beings.

These multimedia communication systems will eventually create an inter-human Web, connecting all devices and making humans available practically everywhere at all times, Edholm concluded.

Johanne Torres is contributing editor for and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at

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