There are many newcomers to the VoIP market. Indeed every day there are new companies entering the space and claiming to be leaders at this or pioneers at that. Viper Networks is one of the companies that has been in the business for a long time, is publicly traded and is headed by Ron Weaver the dynamic VoIP pioneer that believed in VoIP way before it was fashionable.
Recently Ron became Chairman of the Board and Farid Shouekani was named as the new CEO. I never met Farid and decided that I wanted to get his take on the future of VoIP. Here are the results of my brief phone interview:
Where do you see the VoIP market going in the next few years?
There is a huge influx of growth coming from international communities as broadband is gaining traction in the international arena. We will see increased VoIP interconnectivity in these markets as tariffs overseas are higher than in the
What are Viper’s product plans to take advantage of this growth?
We are focusing on
Will you be a service provider in
Will be licensed – yes, in the next few months and we will sell service on our own network.
Are you coming up with new devices?
We’ve found it better to let others develop devices which allow us to concentrate on the network and services. We will use devices from UT Starcom and possibly Sipura.
Who is the biggest competitor in the market
The typical large operators. Vonage, Net2Phone, and Skype. These companies also help the market as they help educate it.
Where will Viper be in 5 years?
We will have a large international presence. Larger than other companies as that is what we are concentrating on.
Is there a future making money from services?
Video is coming but the bandwidth is not available in all international markets yet. Other services can be added as well such as videoconferencing and large scale audio conferencing and audio broadcasting.