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The NGN Is Upon Us

In recent years, the telecommunication market has undergone significant change in terms of technology and business climate. We have entered an age were broadband access comes in so many different flavors, including cable, DSL, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, fiber and customer access to various services available over the Internet are unparalleled.

One of the most explosive new areas is Voice over IP (VoIP). This technology is exciting in so many ways, because for the first time in history, customers really do have a choice in the service provider they use for their local and long-distant phone calls. In addition, VoIP does not simply mean "voice". While the marketing term has become well-entrenched, VoIP technology also enables video telephony and data collaboration: services that were either non-existent or expensive to use with older access technologies.

This web site was developed by Packetizer, which has long-been a supporter of VoIP technology. The purpose for this site is to provide information to end-users about the new service provider choices now available to them through IP-based networks.

You should beware that NGN is an overloaded term. The basic ideas are simple enough, but service providers and equipment manufacturers are trying to take the opportunity to "re-invent" the Internet and call it the NGN and define a very complex architecture with questionable return on investment.