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VoIP To Boost UK Broadband Tech

Posted: 24th Feb, 2004 By: MarkJ
Following a fact finding visit to Japan, Brunel University's Broadband Research Centre now believe that Voice Over IP (VoIP) technology could be the key to Telco's offering faster services:

"The UK broadband community needs to sit up and take note of the example Japan is setting," urged Dr Jyoti Choudrie, operations director at the Brunel Broadband Research Centre.

"Whereas the UK is lagging behind in the transmission from circuit-switched networks to IP voice traffic, Japan is charging forward. This enables ISPs to offer huge reductions in telephony costs for its broadband subscribers, boosts demand and provides a catalyst for new services," Choudrie explained.

Unlike in the UK, where 512 kilobits-per-second (Kbps) services are the norm -- and some telcos even claim that services as slow as 150Kbps count as broadband -- Japan has a true high-speed broadband infrastructure.


The ZDNet item points out that one in four Japanese homes has a broadband connection, with the standard speed of services being a whopping 12Mbps!
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