Qwest VoIP in Q2

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Qwest VoIP in Q2

Qwest will be rolling out their VoIP service to consumers in the second quarter. Qwest was a leading-edge service provider and touted their all fiber network for the first few years of their life. Then the bubble burst and we didn’t hear too much from them. Oh yeah, they purchased an RBOC along the way. In fact Qwest was the first long-distance company (if memory serves… and I think it does) to purchase an RBOC. Now the trend is reversed with RBOCs buying long-distance companies. They were perhaps ahead of their time. Now they will enter the VoIP market and triple-play is likely around the corner. This entry perhaps marks the last large service provider to roll out VoIP. It seems every ILEC, cable company, CLEC and long-distance company that anyone has heard of is now selling VoIP. Very good news for the industry but we still need to be concerned about profitability and excess competition will certainly lead to pricing pressure. Differentiated services is the next frontier and these providers need to keep their services on the leading edge so new customers will sign up and current ones will stay hooked.



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