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Re: What's VOip With Pictures Called?

Tony P. (
Sat, 11 Dec 2004 22:22:50 -0500

In article <>, says:

> My guess is that VoIP providers will move towards videophone as soon
> as feasible. What do you think? - RM

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: If any sort of universal interchange
> agreement (on handling each other's traffic) gets started, then
> I agree this 'VOIP-CAM' application will be a winner. Bell never did
> get too far along with videophone -- in terms of popular usage -- but
> I think we live in a different era now. PAT]

While it was technically feasible it wasn't economically feasible for
Bell to pursue widespread videophone service.

The bandwidth needed at the time would have required them to build a
complete switching infrastructure just to handle the video. Not cheap
and that is precisely why Bell abandoned video service at the time.

Now of course there are all sorts of IP based videoconferencing
solutions. We use the Polycomm units at our office to hook up to other
agencies and it all goes out via IP.

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