What type VoIP are you beta-testing?

We are currently looking at asterisk, but I am concerned about how many
subscribers I can maintain per PRI. So far the numbers I am getting do not
add up to profitability.  I almost makes more sense to resell another
providers product.


-----Original Message-----
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Subject: Re: [WISPA] VoIP/PBX Gateway appliance

I've got working VOIP on my network, beta-tested and ready to roll out but
without e911.  I like VOIP, because I have people subscribing to our service
just so they can get Vonage and ditch their land line - but this whole e911
thing is a fscking nightmare. 

At what point does it make more sense to say screw the 911 and just go
forward?  Aren't there a bunch of VOIP providers out there doing this
already?  The cellcos have bought out their 911 requirements year after 
year.   I sense a court case in the making that will either force 911 
adoption or throw it out for voip carriers.  It is definitely a gray area
right now.


Matt Larsen

Tom DeReggi wrote:

>> Revenue: 174.0 million net Loss $189.6million our marketing expenses 
>> were $176.3million."/
> Wow.
> That would support my arguement that there is no part of the equation 
> more valuable than the portion responsible for the unique access to 
> the consumer via a verticle sell.
> So if I'm a wireless company, and its just thirty seconds to say, 
> "would you like a VOIP phone with that broadband service" at order 
> time, its worth gold.
> Way more than 10-14% commissions.  Should we be paying our wholesale 
> VOIP provider only $5 out of the $25 that we charge? Thats what it 
> would infer by Vonage's numbers above.
> Maybe Vonage should have taken partners more seriously?
> Tom DeReggi
> RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
> IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter R." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: "WISPA General List" <>
> Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 2:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [WISPA] VoIP/PBX Gateway appliance
>> Because Vonage et al, sell Resi VOIP cheaper than TDM Voice.
>> Why? Easier to market. Easier to take orders (notice I did not say
>> sell?)
>> But termination will be going up (already seeing rising costs for 
>> Dedicated LD).
>> E-911 is not cheap (nor is it nationally available).
>> You can try to work with a friendly CLEC (or become one).
>> But Voice is way different from Data.
>> One bad 911 and you are being sued and possibly jailed.
>> Wouldn't you rather offer services that aren't competing against the 
>> growing monster?
>> You would be better off selling cellular for a residual than selling 
>> VOIP.
>> Vonage was going to IPO last year for $660M; this year they are 
>> looking for $220M
>> In 1Q05:
>> "Vonage Holdings Corp. Founded in 2001, the Edison (N.J.) provider of 
>> Internet phone service has raised $210 million and last year racked 
>> up about $100 million in revenue. It has spent enough on marketing in 
>> a bid to make itself a household name, and several VCs say it will go 
>> public this year or next. But critics complain that while its ads 
>> attract new customers, it doesn't retain as many as it should."
>> "Om says Vonage IPO. I don't think they can wait. Reports are their 
>> growth is slowing, that costs are rising and that founder Jeffrey 
>> Citron has a bundle of his own cash in the venture."
>> In  2006: /"The street writes: Vonage Holdings, moved to become the 
>> first major Internet telephony player to go public by filing 
>> Wednesday to raise up to $250 million via an initial offering of 
>> stock and named a Tyco International executive as CEO. Our revenues 
>> were $18.7million in 2003, $79.7million in 2004, and $174.0 million 
>> for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2005," the company's prospectus 
>> says."While our revenues have grown rapidly, we have experienced 
>> increasing net losses, primarily driven by our increase in marketing 
>> expenses. From the period of inception through Sept.30, 2005, our 
>> cumulative net loss was $310 million. Our net loss for the nine 
>> months ended Sept.30, 2005, was $189.6million. During the same 
>> nine-month period, our marketing expenses were $176.3million."/
>> Jason Hensley wrote:
>>> What about for those of us in small markets where the large VoIP 
>>> players don't have access numbers?  What is your opinion on them 
>>> coming here? For instance, I'm in an area where the closest VoIP 
>>> provider's number is 100 miles away with probably 25 or so NXX's 
>>> that cannot call it locally. Not a feasible decision for a local 
>>> business as any phone calls to them will be long distance for local 
>>> residents.  Is there a case for or against partnering / working with 
>>> a CLEC who has the ability to be WAY more flexible than the ILEC's, 
>>> have them drop you DS1's / PRI's / whatever and work with them on 
>>> getting local VoIP numbers for the folks in these areas?  I'm 
>>> getting more and more people who want wireless Internet SOLELY 
>>> because they do not have a home phone line other than their cell 
>>> phone.  Do you see that as what we're headed to?  I do and I don't 
>>> personally.  I think there will be a market of some kind for that, 
>>> but I feel as well that for at least the foreseeable future (say 10 
>>> years or so), markets such as mine will not be doing away with 
>>> wireline.  Too many challenges for both cellular providers, and 
>>> WISP's due to terrain and sparseness of population.
>>> I guess I'm having a hard time understanding why it cannot be 
>>> profitable, at least on some level.
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