Cisco New Zealand manager Tim Hemingway believes his company will generate 20% of its revenue from voice over IP (VoIP) technology this year.
He says the biggest growth area for Cisco in New Zealand this year has been in voice traffic.
“Cisco has been doing VoIP for many many years and the area I’m talking about is really IP telephony,” says Hemingway, who uses an ethernet telephone that plugs into his PC instead of a “normal” phone.
“Clearly we’ll be targeting the corporate market first but in the home market we’ll be looking at the ‘integrated access device’ where instead of having fax voice and Internet lines you’d have a broadband type of access.”
Hemingway says any kind of devices could plug into such a network — be it an actual hardware phone or even software on a laptop or desktop PC.
“Your headset would plug straight into your PC.”
Hemingway says most corporate players already have the network in place to handle IP telephony and it’s simply a matter of enabling the system.
“Most corporates have LANs in place now so you can use that existing infrastructure.”