[AusNOG] M2 buy Primus

Rod Veith rod at rb.net.au
Mon Apr 16 15:20:29 EST 2012

Re: Universal ENUM.

It doesn't really matter if it is a number or name. The concept of one
identifier is what is important. Plus type of contact requested. Do u want
to talk to the person in real-time, send them a text message, a voice
message, an email, content (photo, document etc), or text chat.

The issue has been the different underlying technologies. Remember the
EBCDIC and ASCII issues in the early days. Messaging (telephony, texting,
email etc) is like EBCDIC and ASCII in the 1970s. Once the world goes fully
IP or has decent, flexible and cost- effective IP gateways, the ENUM will
come, even if it is by stealth rather than planned. Maybe like the way the
internet has just grown. 

I expect the days of the typical cordless handset are numbered!  


-----Original Message-----
From: ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net
[mailto:ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Mark Newton
Sent: Monday, 16 April 2012 2:57 PM
To: Paul Brooks
Cc: ausnog at lists.ausnog.net
Subject: Re: [AusNOG] M2 buy Primus

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 02:43:08PM +1000, Paul Brooks wrote:

 > As for P2P SIP - no, not until we get universal ENUM or similar.
 > Your phone handset still wants to dial a phone number, not an IP  >
address - again, for many years to come.

Depends on your definition of "many".

My iPhone very rarely dials a phone number.  It dials names of people and
businesses that are indexed in various directory services (local address
books, LDAP, recent calls lists, web)

The shift from "dialing phone numbers" to "dialing users" on mobile phones
happened quite quickly, and was linked to advances in the storage capacity
of the phone (my first mobile phone could store 16 fast-dial entries; If my
iPhone's address book has a limit, it's so large that I'll never know what
it is)

No particular reason to believe that fixed-line phones won't go the same
way.  NBN is supposed to last for a century after all, right?

(my mother's DECT cordless stores 99 fast-dials; but its user interface is
abysmal, and she never uses any of them.
"Fixed line" phones have a lot of catching up to do, but they'll either do
it or get replaced)

Another trend that I wouldn't overlook is the possibility that voice will
move virtually entirely to mobile, leaving fixed line for broadband-only.
The only thing stopping that from happening is carrier billing models which
make mobile more expensive than fixed, and even that isn't sufficient to
make many users give-up on fixed phones at home.

  - mark

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