Date Added: May 2009
Voice over IP (VoIP) has been a hot topic in the telecom arena for many years. But its progress into the telecom market has been far slower than originally expected...in the US, that is. VoIP has grown by leaps and bounds in Western Europe. Market research from Telegeography indicates that VoIP subscribers in Europe will comprise 40 percent of the telecom market by 2011. In the US, the forecast is only 20 percent of the market in the same year. Anecdotal evidence indicates that, as with many telephony advances, the technology for the consumer market is more mature in Europe than in the United States. What has happened to this promising new technology in the United States? This paper tries to find the answer.