Tuesday, June 22, 2004

VoIP needs serious security review, say experts

Internet protocol-based voice networks may be the wave of the future, but they will require a whole new approach to security, warned telecoms experts at the VON Europe voice-over IP conference.

A wide-ranging program ranged from the nuts and bolts of connecting 3G and IP networks to a look at "disruptive" VoIP systems that could permanently change the way people use telephony. The most controversial presentation was from Niklas Zennstrom, CEO of peer-to-peer VoIP service Skype Technologies, who argued that traditional telcos are heading for oblivion.

And as if in response, BT announced just hours later its plans to turn its entire PSTN phone network into an IP work by 2009.

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