Telegeography reported today that the transition to VoIP in Europe is moving very rapidly now. At year end 2007 there were 25.3M voip users, and by year end 2008 that number is expected to exceed 37M. Penetration rates are all over the map though. In France 43% of households are now using VoIP, while in Spain that number is only 2%. But wow, 43%? That’s huge!
Well, it had to happen sooner or later, losses of fixed line voice in the USA have been steadily increasing as well although penetration rates aren’t so high. In a few weeks, we will no doubt hear more from Verizon, AT&T, Qwest, etc on the steady drain, but I doubt we will see an acceleration. The amazing acceleration of European VoIP adoption has everything to do with competition, i.e. there’s just more of it than there is here, and the incumbents have been forced to respond. By comparison, on this side of the Atlantic we are contemplating the death of over-the-top VoIP providers.
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