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Vetting SBC's VOIP

Lisa Minter (
Tue, 23 Nov 2004 13:52:43 -0500

In a move that looks a bit cannibalistic, SBC Communications
Inc. announced last week that it would begin offering residential VOIP
service in early 2005, a move that will likely undercut the telecom
giant's own traditional phone services.

The big question here is: Will there be any suprises? So far, the
answer appears to be no, as SBC is largely just catching up to the
competition. Verizon Communications Inc., BellSouth Corp., Qwest
Communications International Inc., and AT&T Corp. all have announced
VOIP initiatives, each in various stages of implementation. Most have
developed their VOIP systems in the enterprise arena and later
migrated into the residential space, which is the pattern SBC is

SBC sees the move as a way to offer next-generation services to its
customers, expanding its lineup, and retaining those customers who
want to be on the cutting edge. It can also bundle products to offer
price savings.

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