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NewsForge: Making money in Open Source: The answer is ... telecom

Dec 16, 2000, 03:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Bryar)

"The market is still in its infancy. VoIP services currently generate about $100 million in annual revenue in the United States last year, but a market analysis by Frost and Sullivan project that market grow to $2 billion by the end of next year. After that, who knows...."

"The reason that any of this matters to the Open Source and Linux communities is that this future network almost has to be both open, and Unix-, if not Linux-based."

"It is critical to telecommunications providers that they be able to inter-operate their set of services with other operators around the world. In the old days of proprietary systems, adding even the most basic services to telecom systems took forever. Services like call waiting and call forwarding took years to implement as carriers held onto proprietary technologies and fought over standards. In today's Internet-meets-voice environment, there is no time for such nonsense."

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