While VoIP is going to introduce competition into the South African market and thereby drive down the cost of telephony, the lack of broadband adoption due to the high cost of bandwidth is still the key factor in utilizing VoIP technology.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has long been touted by vendors who hail converged networks that run both voice and data traffic. But are the purported benefits -- cheaper long distance calls, simpler network management and new applications -- easily achievable?
When Internet telephony first broke into public view in early 1995, it looked like a classic disruptive technology an invention that would leave the mighty sprawled in the dust while exalting the small and fleet. The story was especially dramatic because some true Goliaths the traditional telecom carriers occupied ground zero.