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Topic # 122095 24-Jun-2013 17:53
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Telephony has always interested me, especially over the last few years as the world of IP voice has emerged.

I think that we are almost of the cusp of a radical change to how telephony works, and I am really interested in being a part of how it evolves.

Is anyone part of/aware of any groups or forums that get together to talk about the future of telephony. I'd love to be part of a group or think tank that comes up with ideas of awesome ways to communicate in the future.




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  Reply # 843516 24-Jun-2013 17:55
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I'd love to be into this as well - and actually was involved in some stuff ten years ago at Unisys. But it seems things changed and people are more interested in "Do I have mobile data? Can I haz Facebook?" than anything else.







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  Reply # 843517 24-Jun-2013 17:58
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I really think that next gen networks like LTE and fibre are going to turn the PSTN on it's head.

There is simply so much potential in IP voice (and video) and I have a million ideas floating around in my head.

Lots of potential for it to go in the wrong direction too.




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  Reply # 843519 24-Jun-2013 18:14
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As the person living and breathing IP & VoIP every day I am keen to participate in any such group and would be happy to give a presentation to any group of people about what I am seeing in the market.




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  Reply # 843520 24-Jun-2013 18:15
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Yep I love this industry, I am actually working with some vendors on exactly this type of thing and it's very very cool, love it when they ask us to beta new products :),

Totally agree though, this industry is being turned on its head and IP products will dominate the space in the years to come, how long they take to bring into the market is going to be interesting as we see it now the larger Telcos have been slow to adapt and I believe struggling to come to grips with letting go of the traditional TDM world, they still want their pound of flesh from the PSTN and don't see much of a threat to that from smaller IP based companies.





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  Reply # 843521 24-Jun-2013 18:15
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Well there is tuanz. Telecommunications users associate of NZ. They regularly have events where you can do this kind of thing.

Or you could get the right job at telecom or vodafone or cisco or alctel and get paid to do it!

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  Reply # 843522 24-Jun-2013 18:17
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Sorry did you say TUANZ ..... Really !!




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  Reply # 843524 24-Jun-2013 18:21
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I don't get excited by any of this yet.

I moved to an IP phone recently. All the whizzy extra features are cool but not really necessary.

So, sell a feature to me. Speaking of which, what do you mean by telephony? Audio only?




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  Reply # 843525 24-Jun-2013 18:34
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surfisup1000: I don't get excited by any of this yet.

I moved to an IP phone recently. All the whizzy extra features are cool but not really necessary.

So, sell a feature to me. Speaking of which, what do you mean by telephony? Audio only?



Let's say (digital) communications. voice, video, messaging etc.

I think Telco's can hear the death knock. We're not far from a point where all we want at home is an internet connection  - and same on our mobiles. There are already a swag of OTT services you can use on your mobile to replace the traditional services your mobile telco provides (Whatapp, Viber, Skype, email and SIP to name a few).

I've been an IP telephony user for years, and I wouldn't know where to start with the benefits. Cost is the default answer for many, but for me that's probably towards the bottom of the list.

Being able to control how and where I connect to my SIP trunks, the advanced features that come with it are two of the biggest benefits. I love that I can have it ring my desk phone at work - but only during work hours, or do a call forward to my mobile number if my mobile SIP trunk is offline. I love that I can log in and make calls as if I were 'home', even when in a different country.

But I don't think a million services are the answer. There are some good standards already (SIP), which can do voice, video and messaging very well. But the most 'popular' services like Skype, Viber, Whataspp etc are all propitiatory codecs.

I think we could build a secure, open, global platform for comms that could realistically replace the PSTN (And I think someone will).

I'd love to see a future where I have a communications identity (Probably my email address) that is a one stop shop for sending me not only email, but short messages, video and audio calls, and the rest. We're VERY VERY close now with the technology. I can't wait for the solutions.




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  Reply # 843527 24-Jun-2013 18:35
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If one is interested in Telecommunications rather than just Telephony which is only a small area, then I would suggest looking at the ITU website as a starting place on where to get the big picture.

Although if one removes the VOIP aspect of the post and broadens the technology, if one is interested in Telephony (or more specifically person to person communications) then I might suggest talking the technology from a non-technical perspective.  

For example, there is the ability for disparate individuals to come together, solve a task and then dissipate using the 'social' intelligence of the many and the ability to instantly communicate (over different mediums).

Also, it can be applied to ubiquitous communication; where [small] devices are formed into ad-hoc  networks to form always-on peer to peer connections between groups of individuals (the collective whole). Where people can perform instantaneous communication (that is regardless of geo-location multiple participants can communicate in real-time).

If we look at more recent technology (ok its been around for a while in R&D) we can use pervasive communication zones - for example, if I walk in front of a specific view panel, it will recognise facial identity, voice and/or gesture recognition to enable communication with people in equivalent or partial zones elsewhere - for example using semantic messaging, video messages (offline), real time video talking as if the people where located in the same area  (point of presence transfer).




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  Reply # 843528 24-Jun-2013 18:39
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TwoSeven: If one is interested in Telecommunications rather than just Telephony which is only a small area


Yes, Telecommunications is probably a better description.




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  Reply # 843536 24-Jun-2013 18:59
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I'd love to see a future where I have a communications identity (Probably my email address) that is a one stop shop for sending me not only email, but short messages, video and audio calls, and the rest. We're VERY VERY close now with the technology. I can't wait for the solutions.


This sounds vaguely familiar. Something similar was proposed more than a decade ago. Not sure if it went anywhere.

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  Reply # 843543 24-Jun-2013 19:16
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If you were to have a nosey round the work of the ITU-T section (t for telecoms, now talked about as standards), you can see where there are discussions and working groups on this kind of thing. New Zealand has from memory not done much in that area for a while in terms of standards AFIK but we are keeping tabs on the internet governance debate none the less.

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  Reply # 843556 24-Jun-2013 19:33
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Hmmm I feel a blog article coming.... been thinking about it for a while now but I will crack on and write.

My suggestion is to focus on what is being made available from NZ Service Providers, and how what is available in NZ, from NZ companies to NZ based folk, and go from there, for a couple of reasons:

i) as we already know from other areas of the forum, there is plenty available from overseas if you're willing to compromise on quite a few things (quality being one of them)

ii) tier 2 (and 3) companies are in a position for the first time to directly offer services rather than buy white-label versions from the big 2. Big is no longer good except for raw connection to the PSTN or Internet, and it's the focused companies (rather than those packaging FMCG style) that will set the pace

oh.... the big 2 are still relevant as they are the gatekeepers to the PSTN, where most of the planet is still connected.... the Internet isn't quite yet ready to replace the gatekeepers which means they still need to be considered.





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  Reply # 843604 24-Jun-2013 20:22
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My pick is HD voice being the next big thing as people start to move towards true IP phones, rather than an ATA.




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  Reply # 843616 24-Jun-2013 20:44
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ajobbins:
I'd love to see a future where I have a communications identity (Probably my email address) that is a one stop shop for sending me not only email, but short messages, video and audio calls, and the rest. We're VERY VERY close now with the technology. I can't wait for the solutions.


This sounds vaguely familiar. Something similar was proposed more than a decade ago. Not sure if it went anywhere.

David.


The problem with having only one identity is that in reality, most people have many; each of which suites them for different purposes.




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