Thursday, October 05, 2006

Disruption in VOIP IP Telephony Field By Jajah! Or is it?

I have been a fan of disruptive technologies, Be it in the form of VOIP or Grid Technology, for that matter any thing that makes our lives easier to manage. I wrote earlier about disruptive technologies;
1.VOIP IP Telephony: Disruptive technologies disrupted? May be! No way!!

2. VOIP IP Telephony: What is the driving force behind VOIP?

related to VOIP IP Telephony.
Here comes the new disruptive technology in our field. JAJAH, ring a phone, I meant a bell?
If not you need to get Jajah to ring your phones.
The main part of Jajah, is that they have moved the total call processing to a web front end, (by the way I like the simple interface!). Yes, if you want to call someone, you type in the phone numbers, yours and receivers, on a web form and click dial! Well your phone rings and you talk. How simple is that compared to setting up a gateway, finding IP configurations, firewall holes, FXO and FXS ports, to mention a few items that we go through setting up a VOIP call. Of course it is different if you are using a service like skype, Gizmoproject etc.
Jajah operates just like Skype, JAJAH is based on a P2P (peer-to-peer) network system pure peer-to-peer network does not have the notion of clients or servers, but only equal peer nodes that simultaneously function as both "clients" and "servers" to the other nodes on the network. This model of network arrangement differs from the client-server model where communication is usually to and from a central server.
But there is a difference from skype, That's the reason that this might be a real skype killer! Here are the stuff that Jajah edges out Skype; It supports other VOIP protocols, including SIP, IAX2 etc, in addition to JAJAH´s uses its own proprietary protocol, supporting firewall traversal, NAT detection and bandwidth saving peer-to-peer technology. Again unlike Skype, it's not using somebody's else's infrastructure—i.e. users'—to build its network. It has 200 switching engines in 85 countries, most of them leased or managed computers running Jajah's software.
When you place a call with Jajah, your phone rings once, you pick it up and hear a recorded message saying Jajah will now connect your call. Then the phone rings at the other end. It's a reasonably intuitive, but unfamiliar to most VOIP users. Connection quality according to most users has been good. Again unlike Skype, Jajah doesn't utilize wide band technology, so voice quality is never better than on a regular phone call. But it's at least adequate, usually comparable to normal PSTN calls.
Calls are free when registered Jajah members call each other—if they're both in Zone 1 (which includes the U.S., Canada, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong) or Zone 2 (which includes Australia, most of Europe, and places in Asia and South America). Other calls are charged at rates ranging from 7.5 to 65 cents per minute (with calls to mobile phones in exotic locations being far and away the most costly connections).
Jajah originally launched a conventional VoIP soft phone service last July (2005) using the codec Mattes' team had developed. The service was championed in the blogosphere and had phenomenal early success—720,000 users signed up by September of that year.
The other thing about Jajah. As mentioned, users don't need a broadband connection, since calls are carried the "last mile" over the PSTN, not over the Internet.
But the question is will it really fly?
I think it will!


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