Showing posts from 1998

When cache means cash

When Gordon Moore first coined the famous ``Moor's Law'' stating that processor power will double every eighteen months, only a few believed him. Interestingly the law is still valid in 1998. However if I now tell you that Internet is doubling every four months, you would again disbelieve me. But this is a fact, which everyone in the Internet industry has to live with. And if you plan to jump into this wild ISP industry you better get your dirty work of planning done before you start. The nineties have been a decade of the HTTP and WWW. Starting with the first browser at CERN in 1991, the protocol has been particularly instrumental in the success of Internet around the world. And as this phenomenon grows at over 10 times a year, the only thing which limits it, is the infrastructure itself on which it runs on. VSNL itself, which has been in Indian ISP scene for around three years, has dramatically grown from a small bandwidth of a few 64KBPS links, to more than 125mbps today

Voice over IP VOIP: Dream or a Reality

Date 28th August 1998 Voice over IP (VOIP) has been talked about more than SMTP and POP. The proposition which makes this talk so redundant is the fact that many a comparative studies have shown the call charges to fall to over 1/50th of the cost as of today. But there is more to it. This article would cover various issues including the technical, legal and ethical issues behind implementation of this highly talked about technology on Internet and particularly in India. Technology Voice over data network is not something new, as Voice over Frame Relay has been very successful for sometime now. However what keeps IP a step ahead, is its ability to address the issues of a global protocol and global accessibility over public data network. Moreover for Intranets also IP has certainly proved to be a better protocol than all the others for WAN networks worldwide. Unlike the Plain Old Telephone System (POTS), which is a switched network, routing voice over IP has the ability to address some n