[asterisk-users] Is this the future of telephony?

J Montoya or A J Stiles asterisk_list at earthshod.co.uk
Fri Jun 16 04:23:38 CDT 2017

On Friday 16 Jun 2017, Christopher van de Sande wrote:
> So does anyone here think the traditional telephone company will go
> extinct, and voice communication will take place via email like (or
> equal to) sip uri's?


The job of the "traditional telephone company" has always been to connect a 
pair of wires at one end to a different pair of wires at the other end.  That 
isn't going away anytime soon.  There are more pairs of wires, with more and 
faster-changing signals travelling along them, that still need marshalling -- 
perhaps in more complicated ways than just one-to-one.

Whenever I am sending electrical impulses along wires and possibly via radio 
links, maybe even out into space and back, whether to someone in the same 
street or a different country, someone has to be making sure that those 
electrical impulses come out in the right place.

That is still the domain of telecommunications companies; they are just doing 
it with rather more bandwidth than the human voice.  The need for electrical 
impulses to be delivered to the correct destination still stands.  What has 
changed is, there are more ways than ever to make use of this "electronic 
logistics" service, and markets are emerging and evolving.

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