a new trend in network telephone: free long distance calls
interview with mr. dong jianquan, a famous expert in hong kong telecoms industry
by our reporter and senior consultant li zheng
in september,2005,the world’s largest c2c on-line ecommerce company ebay announced to purchase skype with $2.6 billion, which is a network telephone company operating just for two years and consisting of several staffs. from then on, in the global it and the telecoms industry, arguments about network telephone replacing regular ling distance calls have made here and there, will long distance call be ultimately free? how about the competition trend in the telecoms market be? where is the survival road for traditional telecoms companies ahead of the emergence of new technology companies? these issues have been concerned about than ever before. to this end, our reporter made an interview with mr. dong jianquan, a famous expert in hong kong telecoms industry who participated in a service promotion activity in beijing recently.
mr. dong jianquan believed that as for this acquisition action of ebay, besides more consolidating its leading position of c2c in on-line e-commerce in the industry and establishing a new paradigm of on-line e-transaction real time voice communications; more importantly, with the help of this globally most successful network telephone provider of skype, it will challenge traditional telecoms companies with new technology and service philosophy, entering the telecoms market of tremendous benefit potentials. the intention of ebay is obvious, which adopts the most direct mode to nibble away the traditional telephone voice domain of a long history, striving to get its share in such industry and consequently placing the industry under its control.
mr. dong jianquan presented that network telephone software developed and sold by niklas zennstrom and janus friis being the creators of skype, a network telephone company has already enabled people to freely communicate with skype software users of any other places in the world b using regular computers with voice quality and easy-to-use having reached unprecedented level. in the condition of sufficient network bandwidth, through the use of its excellent voice encoding and algorithm technology, jus taking up a bandwidth of 6k, its call quality can achieve the level of 64k regular long distance calls. somebody is joking that the occurrence of this system and associated software would scare telecoms companies all over the world into cold sweats!
the combination of ebay and skype is a perfect match. mr. dong said that from the view of ebay, through setting up the button that controls “instant communications software” of skype to the webpage over the internet, b buyer just needs to click on the button before he or she can talk with a seller, dealing with second-hand cars, apartments or other things, which has simplified e-commerce applications; on the other, from the view of skype, its merger with ebay has strengthened connection with its on-line payment system paypal, when a skype user places a call from computer to regular telephone (making skypeout calls), or from regular telephone to computer (making skypein calls), it will be involved with prepaid issue, in such cases, skype users can settle their ills through paypal using their credit cards.
mr. dong pointed out that the most principal feature of this merger is that skype will exit independently irrespective of acting as a brand or an enterprise, and ebay stated to allow skype to become the largest and best platform in the world among all new communications modes.
this is a piece of good news for consumers and those developers who specialize in network telephone technology.
can long distance call be really free? our reporter has put forward this issue mostly concerned about by users.
first of all, mr. dong jianquan demonstrated the new network telephone system to our reporter developed by r&d team under his leadership for instant communications tool applications based on skype, msn, google talk and so on, such system connects pc to regular telephone through its “terminator connection box”, allowing most of free pc to pc ip telephone over the internet (or instant communications) to be extended to direct call and communications from telephone to telephone ,and still elimination the need to pay for communications. with this set of system, long distance call can really be free!
such product is entitled idd terminator, literally translated into chinese as “long distance unconstrained communications”; as for users, after purchasing such system, they can be connected to an online pc via a telephone line(gsm sim card of a cell phone ) for downloading a skype or msn and so on, then they can enjoy functions as follows free of charge:
*calling from pc to regular telephone (similar to skypeout, but long distance call is completely free of charge)
*calling from regular telephone to pc (similar to skypein, but ling distance call is completely free of charge)
*calling from a regular telephone to another (long distance call is completely free of charge)
*telephone message mailbox functions (subject to the capacity of pc hard disk but without any time length restrictions for messages)
*ip telephone message functions (similar to skype voicemail)
*other practical functions
the network diagram is shown in fig. 1 below:
the occurrence of this “long distance unconstrained communications” is a new high-tech product with brand new concept and of epoch-making significance, whose connection (bridging) functions delivered will preliminarily realize the first step towards free ling distance calls meanwhile enriching types of network telephone applications in the telecoms industry ,and providing a valuable paradigm for the development of instant communications technology in the it industry.
galaxy telecom limited
miss zeng xuan
shenzhen high-tech industrial park of china
长途自由通 (usb idd terminator) 是世界上一款实现phone to pc, pc to phone和phone to phone 免费长途通话的新一代通讯产品。
1. 语音质量清晰，不影响普通电话正常使用。采用skype 的p2p技术，具有消除回音功能，语音通话超清晰，有着和普通电话语音一样好的通话效果；
3. 可呼叫转移到任意指定的电话（座机/手机/小灵通）上。当你在外时， 将所有你的skype来电呼叫转移到你的手机上，并且你还可以使用你的手机通过你的pstn电话呼叫skype，你可以呼叫你的skype联系人，也可以通过skypeout呼叫全世界所有电话(skypeout费用).
10. 可以同时接听/拨打voip电话和普通的pstn电话：支持所有普通电话机和无绳普通电话机，自动识别和自动切换voip电话和pstn电话, 对所有voip电话和pstn电话来电响铃, 使用（*）键对拨打voip电话和pstn电话进行切换, 使用普通电话机键盘拨号。
• 操作系统：windows 2000 或 windows xp
• 400 mhz 以上cpu 可用usb1.1或usb2.0端口
• 128 mb 以上内存 15 mb 空余磁盘空间
• 网络连接（调制解调器33.6 kbps 或者任何宽带：电缆、adsl
6 kbps 或者任何宽带：电缆、adsl