December 10, 2004

VoIP Adds Video

Vonage Adds Video to VOIP Service

Buoyed by a recent FCC (Federal Communications Commission) ruling that its services are exempt from state and local regulation and tariffs, VOIP upstart Vonage plans to enter the video telephony market.

In a partnership with broadband videophone maker Viseon, Edison, N.J.-based Vonage Holdings Corp. plans to add video calling services to its SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)-based VOIP (voice over IP) service early next year.

For Vonage, which already bundles its service with adapter-equipped routers from Linksys and Netgear Inc., the expansion into videophone services could open up new market opportunities nationwide.

A company spokesman told the new service would be available only for Vonage subscribers. He declined to provide details on pricing. Special Report: Focus on: SMB

He said the company will target the SMB (small and midsized business) market looking for affordable videoconferencing services. In addition to its consumer offerings, Vonage hawks special service plans for SMBs.


Posted at December 10, 2004 02:25 PM