IP Videophones are multiplying quickly in the marketplace and Broadvox labs. So far testing has been quick and satisfying. The phones all adhere to H.263 and H.264 video codec standards. This allows for any video device to any video device testing and communications. We are hoping to get the Polycom VVX 1500 into the labs in early September. That will be interesting as Polycom claims the phone is H.263 compliant but will only work with other Polycom VVX phones. Our engineers are anxious to out that to the test. Since I mentioned Polycom, I should note that Grandstream has a cool multimedia phone, the GXV 3140. We have it working with several cameras and are moving on to smartphones with video capabilities.
So why are we investing R&D into multimedia phones? It has to do with the market and early trend data. Companies will drive the initial growth of the market as they address the cost of travel and the desire for face-to-face meetings. Telepresence and video conferencing solutions are the most spoken of solution for businesses. And their market share is expected to be in the $4-$5 billion per year by 2014 according to Frost and Sullivan. However, the drive for desktop phones will be the desire to connect with known parties. I suspect video over IP will grow as traveling parents ask to play peek-a-boo with their young children. We have been pushing video as a solution for decades but the cost has dropped to where it is not major, less than $300 per phone. When the technology is ubiquitous in mobile devices, it will gain even greater use. To support the feature requirements and expected increase in traffic we want to ensure that our softswitch technology is up to date and network capacity is sufficient.
The Chairman of the FCC was quoted this week saying "...I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net neutrality principles."
At issue are the actions of Comcast, who is challenging the authority of the FCC to penalize them for restricting web traffic. In general, it is a stalking horse and the larger telecom providers are hoping for a Comcast victory. In previous blogs, I pointed out that most ITSPs, such as Broadvox, ISPs and Google are supporting the current position of the FCC. Net Neutrality is needed if the playing field is to remain somewhat even. Congress is also on our side with legislation recently introduced by Representative Ed Markey (D-MA). Finally, as a reminder, we should also expect Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to support net neutrality legislation given his questioning of Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. I could not find any republican support for the legislation. I will do a little research into why and discuss that later.
See you on Monday with another great recipe! Enjoy!