Saturday, December 23, 2006
More bad news for the telecos...market research firm In-Stat just released a report about the state of residential voip in the US. It doesn't bode well for traditional telecommunication companies in 2007.
It looks like there's a skosh over 9 million residential voip lines in the US. That adds up to nearly 8% of the total number of US households. I'd say that's a pretty good penetration rate for disruptive technology like voip internet phone service. They also said that 20% of all broadband households used voip. That's not too surprising, however the next bit of information they let out was a little unexpected.
Almost half (49%) of all residential voip households had permanently cut the traditional telecom cord--that's right; their only phone lines are voip lines. Looks like 2007 will be a banner year for voip. And possibly stockings full of coal for traditional phone companies. Think Santa's a voip fan?