A live demonstration of Internet telephony between Dallas and London kicked off the launch of Digiphone in the UK on Tuesday. The Digiphone software allows users to make long distance telephone calls for the cost of an Internet connection, using direct dial technology and an email address.
The software, made by Camelot Corporation of Dallas, is distributed in Europe by Digiphone Europe, which launched the product in Germany recently and will also sell it in French, Italian, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian versions.
According to research firms Dataquest and IDC, the market for Internet telephony will reach 16 million users by 1999, with 40 per cent of Europe?s 3.2 million users likely to be in the UK.
Camelot (no relation of the lottery company) is a holding organisation. One of its subsidiaries, Third Planet Publishing, created Digiphone, Digiphone Deluxe and Digiphone for Mac, and has also applied for a patent for its Videotalk videoconferencing system for the Internet.
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