If you looked into the crystal ball of IP communications, what big trends would you see for 2011? Mobile video chat? HD voice deployments?
The answer depends on who you ask – and where they’re located.
“Current mobile video chat and conferencing is not widespread, at least not in China,” Robbin Feng, general manager for Fanvil Technology Co., a Chinese developer and manufacturer of VoIP products, told TMC CEO Rich Tehrani (News - Alert). “This is caused by the limitation of higher charges, bandwidth and the quantity of users. But mobile video chat and conferencing should be a basic element of people’s daily communication with the development of technology and cost going down.”
Fanvil provides VoIP communication devices solutions for small and medium sized businesses – a burgeoning and competitive high-tech market. You’ll see them and more companies like them at the ITEXPO (News - Alert), to be held Oct. 4-6 in Los Angeles.
Feng, who is attending the show, sat down to share his thoughts with Tehrani. The full exchange follows.
Rich Tehrani: What are some of the most significant trends in technology today?
Robbin Feng: Going from traditional communication based on PSTN and 2G mobile network to unified communication based on VoIP and 3/4G mobile networks.
RT: Nearly every phone manufacturer is now incorporating support for wideband codecs. Will we finally see widespread HD voice deployments in 2011?
RF: With the improvement of hardware and the network, we believe HD voice will be deployed largely but not sure it will be widespread in 2011.
RT: What are your thoughts on the viability of mobile video chat or conferencing?
RF: Current mobile video chat and conferencing is not widespread, at least in China. This is caused by the limitation of higher charges, bandwidth and the quantity of users. But mobile video chat and conferencing should be a basic element of people’s daily communication with the development of technology and cost going down.
RT: Which wireless operating system (Android (News - Alert), iOS4, Microsoft, etc.) will see the greatest success over the next three years? Why?
RF: I like Android. The born and development of Android is based on Linux. It is succeed to Linux’s openness and can offer good expandability and more application service. Comparing with other OS, it is more standard and open.
RT: Some have suggested wireless networking will soon replace wired networks in the enterprise. Do you agree? Why or why not?
RF: No. Wire and wireless are the two connection modes of networks, they have each advantages and disadvantages. We cannot say wireless will replace wired networks soon. As we see, wireless faces more security problem then wired network and people also worry about its stability.
RT: What impact has the growth of cloud-based services had on your business?
RF: So far, we don’t see any impact for our business, but we will concern on this technology and see how to use it to improve our product and service.
To find out more about Fanvil Technology Co. (News - Alert), Ltd., visit the company at ITEXPO West 2010. To be held Oct. 4 to 6 in Los Angeles, ITEXPO is the world’s premier IP communications event. Visit Fanvil in booth #628. Don’t wait. Register now.
Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri