Networking This Week: Vonage Heads Toward 1 Million Subscribers

Those annoying ads must pay off --- Vonage's CEO says the company adds 15,000 subscribers a week and will have 1 million by year's end.

June 3, 2005

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Step 1: Turn on your TV set. Step 2: Watch the "Whoo-hoo, who-hoo-hoo" Vonage commercials. Step 3: Become very annoyed. Step 4: Subscribe to Vonage.

That seems to be the pattern for Vonage, if the CEO is to be believed. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Citron told the Reuters news agency this week that Vonage will have one million subscribers by year's end. It currently has more than 700,000 subscribers, and adds approximately 15,000 new subscribers a week, he added.

One million may sound like a big number, but compared to the potential audience for consumer VoIP it's a relative drop in the bucket. Expect a price war among operators, who will rush to offer VoIP services, often as part of a "triple play" of voice, video, and Internet access.

Upstream from the operators are hardware manufacturers, who are rushing out equipment for operators capable of handling VoIP and triple play. So this week Alcatel released a triple-play solution for operators --- a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Fiber-To-The-User solution that adds a "last mile" option to end-to-end triple play architectures, enabling service providers to deploy voice, data, and video services to users at rates up to 2.5Gbps.

Motorola, meanwhile, targeted a similar market with two transmitter modules that will allow cable operators to offer advanced broadband services such as Video-on-Demand (VOD) and VoIP without having to invest in more fiber.There were several other VoIP-related hardware announcements this week as well. Broadcom unveiled a pair of new switches that offer, among other features, VoIP support. And Snom technology AG said it will unveil its new, session initiation protocol (SIP)-based secure VoIP phone at the Supercomm trade show in Chicago next week.

In other networking news, Cisco was busy, joining with Yahoo to announce a new technology, DomainKeys Identified Mail, that's meant to fight spam. Cisco also announced a new SSL VPN for enterprises and service providers that offers remote VPN capabilities from any web browser.

There was, of course, more as well, and much more coming up. To keep up with the latest, check out Networking Pipeline's News section.

Links in This Story

CEO Claims Vonage Will Hit 1 Million Subscribers By Year's End Alcatel Introduces "Triple-Play" Solution For Operators

Motorola Gear Lets Operators Offer VoIP, Video On Demand Without Installing Fiber

Broadcom Unveils Switches Featuring VoIP Support, QoS

Secure SIP-Compliant VoIP Phone Set To Make Debut

Cisco, Yahoo Combine Antispam Efforts Cisco Debuts New SSL VPN

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