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Research firm issues VoIP deployment warning

The failure of telecom equipment makers to adhere more strictly to industry standards for delivering voice over IP...


September 8, 2004  


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The failure of telecom equipment makers to adhere more strictly to industry standards for delivering voice over IP (VoIP) technology will cause some service providers and enterprises to delay their network deployments of VoIP, according to a major new study released today by Heavy Reading, the market research division of Light Reading Inc.

The report, Next-Generation Routers: A Comprehensive Product Analysis, analyzes the product and market strategies of more than two dozen makers of next-generation routers, the network equipment that is responsible for moving all traffic along the world’s packet-based telecom networks.

The report includes detailed product and feature analyses of 119 different routers from 26 manufacturers. Included in the report are products from market leaders Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks.

VoIP represents the most significant opportunity to expand IP networks, but that potential cannot be realized without further standardization work, note Paul Shippam and Paul Ridgewell, co-authors of the report.

"Until standards for all VoIP services are fully implemented, equipment buyers will not be able to mix and match products from different vendors to build their networks," they say.

"Faced with the prospect of a single-vendor technology source, many telecom carriers and enterprise users may delay or curtail VoIP expansion plans until standards are fully in place, Shippam and Ridgewell conclude.

The 89-page report, which is published in PDF format, retails for US$3,495.