BigGuy:Zeon: Yea true that. I have a number of business customers wanting it now but their ISP simply isn't ready. I don't want to push it either as I would prefer the ISPs have their systems well tested and designed before switching customers over.
I know I'm very ignorant on the subject (so forgive my question), but why would an ISP not be ready?
I would have thought that most ISP's will have upgraded their core networking by now to accommodate the foreseen uptake.
Any accounting systems, you would hope are flexible enough to accommodate the new connectivity.
There is a huge amount of work required for ISP's - starting with agreements with each LFC, handover links to each LFC, provisioning systems for customers, possible changes in the way customers are handled (ie what authentication to use), and more importantly the fact an ISP needs a VoIP offering to deliver voice services. For Telecom in particular this means the full deployment of their NEAX linecard solution.
From what I've heard lately we'll probably have a couple of the bigger players launch products into the market in the next 3 months or so, and a lot more by Xmas.