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Internet Telephony in the Asia-Pacific Region

   by Yankee Group

    --publisher not specified--
    01 April, 2000


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Editorial description(s):

Book Description
The IP telephony business has really found its feet in the Asia-Pacific region during the past two years. Through a combination of deregulation and their ability to arbitrage Asia's generally high international direct dial (IDD) phone tariffs, operators are enjoying a period of spectacular growth. That's only part of the good news. The Voice-over-IP (VoIP) market is still in its infancy in the Asia-Pacific region and major new markets-notably mainland China-are just opening up. Up until now, most of the region's incumbent public telecom operators have remained cautious about large-scale deployments of VoIP technology, as they have little or no incentive to overlay their circuit-switched networks. The Yankee Group believes this situation will change within the next 6-to-12 months as the technology matures further and competitive pressures force the incumbent telecom operators to act. Carriers and vendors in China, South Korea and Japan have variously estimated that between one-third and one-half of all outbound international PSTN minutes from those countries could be carried as IP within a two- to five-year timeframe. Even allowing for the over-enthusiasm of those involved in trafficking VoIP minutes, Asia is clearly heading toward a seismic shift in the way its telephone traffic is handled. At the same time, the ISPs that pioneered VoIP services in the region are facing the future with a reasonable degree of confidence. Although retail margins have progressively declined in line with the general erosion of PSTN tariffs, the larger players are experiencing an exponential growth of traffic minutes combined with declining termination costs. For the future, IP provides an ideal platform to build on new value-added services and functionality such as unified messaging and Internet call centers. Voice services have primed the pump for Asian operators, which are now eagerly anticipating the revenue streams that will flow from the integration of voice and data over IP.

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