Can we have our cake and eat it?
Link: blogs | noirExtreme.
Skype is about reinventing telecommunications, not just porting a 100-year old application to a new medium. Skype is a smart peer-to-peer application built on top of a dumb network, delivering superior voice quality without the need for QoS, Session Border Controllers or any sophisticated system that traditional operators believe they need to deliver VoIP. And on top, Skype is nearly free.
So what's been holding me from jumping in? Skype is a proprietary solution. Users are escaping from the prison of the POTS only to jump into the walled garden of Skype. While this sounds like a religious statement today given the number of innovations Skype provides over the POTS, over time problems will undoubtedly appear. Although almost completely invisible today, Skype —like any other proprietary solution— will have the following significant drawbacks:
- Slower innovation —a lack of competition does not encourage vendors to continuously improve their products to reduce cost and add new functionalities.
- Unfair pricing for services —the absence of alternative for each element of the solution makes it possible for a vertical vendor to charge an unreasonable price for services.