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wdlove
Mar 29, 2004, 04:06 PM
A huge array of services and features is revolutionizing the concept of 'telephone,' though many businesses remain leery of the technology

By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff, 3/29/2004

The promise of big savings on phone calls has helped propel ''voice over Internet protocol" out of the telecommunications lab and into consumer consciousness.

For Bill Costello's law firm, switching to a phone system that carries voice calls in the same format -- and on the same wires -- as e-mail and Web pages certainly has helped cut costs, by $3,500 to $4,200 a month.

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2004/03/29/the_future_is_calling/

craigdawg
Mar 29, 2004, 10:18 PM
Yes the handwriting is on the wall for old school TDM dudes like me...that's why I'm determined to get my CCNA this year. Many pundits predict sales of IP handsets/lines will overtake TDM as early as 2005 and most likely by 2006.

wdlove
Mar 30, 2004, 01:26 PM
Yes the handwriting is on the wall for old school TDM dudes like me...that's why I'm determined to get my CCNA this year. Many pundits predict sales of IP handsets/lines will overtake TDM as early as 2005 and most likely by 2006.

I hope that you will be successful in your new career craigdawg! ;)

Roger1
Mar 30, 2004, 04:43 PM
Just because I'm curious: What's a TDM?

mkrishnan
Mar 30, 2004, 08:04 PM
If I am not mistaken, there are companies that sell calling cards right now that divert calls to VOIP servers, and then gateway back to traditional voice lines on the other side, aren't there? I wonder to what extent VOIP has a long-term future as a front-end solution with which customers actually make contact, as opposed to a back-end one which telcos use to enhance their services.... When fiberoptic tel lines first became common, weren't there also people who got special hardware installed, etc, and now many phones run through fiber at some point, in a way that's transparent to the user, don't they?

craigdawg
Mar 31, 2004, 10:01 PM
Just because I'm curious: What's a TDM?

The best part about working in telecom? ACRONYMS!

TDM = Time Division Multiplexing

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci214174,00.html