February 13, 2001, 10:31 AM — WORLDCOM this week will hustle to prove it is the first major telecom provider to pay serious attention to the enterprise's stepped-up interest in migrating to VOIP (voice over IP), a technology now moving swiftly beyond just lower long-distance bills.
At the ComNet 2001 trade show in Washington, WorldCom officials will detail an "aggressive trend toward voice-enabled networks," said one source at the Clinton, Miss.-based carrier.
A smattering of other vendors, including hardware makers and network management companies, are also expected to unfurl VOIP-related wares at ComNet.
Many of those vendors are rushing to provide solutions to service providers that eagerly want to sell combined voice and data offerings in an effort to lure business customers away from larger carriers.
For instance, Vina Technologies will debut its bolstered MX-400 VOIP platform, a broadband hardware device equipped with software that allows service providers to move toward the delivery of VOIP services without having to endure invasive changes or forklift upgrades.
In fact, WorldCom's VOIP move may come just as they and the other major carriers begin to lose VOIP ground to upstart service providers, noted enterprise user Louis Campbell, who is IT director at Durango, Colo.-based Sports Express, which ships sports equipment to vacationers.