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AT&T, Intel execs discuss future of VoIP at developer’s conference

The first VoIP Developers Conference opened today in San Jose, Calif. with executives from AT&T and Intel addressin...


August 3, 2004  


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The first VoIP Developers Conference opened today in San Jose, Calif. with executives from AT&T and Intel addressing an estimated 200 telecom industry professionals.

Chris Wood, director of AT&T’s CallVantage service, highlighted the substantial changes to carrier product development that VoIP offers, reinforcing the point that enterprise networks must evolve from multiple, closed proprietary legacy services to integrated standards-based open IP architecture.

“Open, scalable, reliable development tools, access to key markets, simplified devices – these are just some of the things companies need to think about to be successful in this space.”

Meanwhile, Michael Stanford, Intel’s technology strategist, said that “convergence” is not a possibility for the future, but an existing reality.

“Developers have a choice ahead of them,” he said. “They can continue to just offer simple voice, which will be less expensive to provide, courtesy of VoIP, or they can integrate voice into a multitude of applications, thereby increasing the value of both the voice element as well as the value of the solution overall.”

Stanford also discussed the need to leverage the existing set of development tools to create new and exciting applications.

“By using existing tools, developers can lower the cost of creating these apps. Lowering cost drives innovation, allowing companies to increase their investment in software development for differentiation,” he said.