Telephone-based Internet connections will be replaced by IP dial tone, according to Ipsilon Networks founder Tom Lyon, because consumers will demand standards that phone networks cannot provide.
During his keynote speech at the Networld+Interop show in Las Vegas, Lyon said the industry must abandon the dial-up model of Internet access. "The most common busy signal on the phone network is on the Internet. All you need is an IP dial tone - it?s a permanent open channel to the Internet, it?s only a packet away rather than a phone call and the network comes to you."
Lyon said the current dial-up model fails because consumers want 100 per cent reliability, providers want control and customised access and phone companies don?t want their networks clogged by Internet traffic. "Technologies for the home won?t succeed unless they have been matured by business and made a lot cheaper - take the fax machine for example," he said.
Lyon expects advertisers to pay for consumer Internet services, as they do for newspapers and television now.
Internet connections over phone networks will be replaced by phone connections over the Internet, Lyon predicted. He said three protocols will prevail - IP, Ethernet for Lans and ATM for connections over longer distances. "Ipsilon?s IP Switching ties them all together," he claimed.
Before his speech, Lyon had a glowing introduction from his former college friend, Novell chief executive Eric Schmidt. "Everything he predicts comes true," Schmidt said.
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