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Replacing PSTN with VoIP wise? Was Re: Phone networks struggle inHurricane Katrina's wake

  • From: Mark Foster
  • Date: Wed Aug 31 02:35:20 2005

Telecom New Zealand announced the other day their intention to do precisely this.

"In relatively short order we will replace the entire PSTN and be delivering all our services for customers over the IP network. That has the potential to reduce costs for customers and put a lot more control and flexibility in customers. hands, wherever they are . at home, at work or on the move.."

I have to say I would usually agree with you - but it looks like I may not have a choice, going forward... The whole country to be migrated by 2012.

The whole idea of not having POTS to fall back on doesn't sit well with me - As part of AREC we prepare for a situation where all other means have failed. Suddenly it seems so much more likely... ?


On Tue, 30 Aug 2005, Fergie (Paul Ferguson) wrote:

Me? I personally never trade my POTS for VoIP...

- ferg

-- Iljitsch van Beijnum <> wrote:

On 30-aug-2005, at 22:08, Fergie (Paul Ferguson) wrote:

"In this age of cheap commoditized consumer electronics and
advanced mobile technology, why can't all the people of a city make
contact during an emergency?
Simple: it's too expensive.

Keep this in mind when trading in your POTS service for VoIP service
over the internet. Discounting the local loop which is often the same
in both cases, POTS is extremely reliable while VoIP over the public
internet, well, isn't. But apparently people that switch to VoIP
don't mind the reduced likelihood of being able to make calls during
the next large scale emergency.

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