Ed Stephenson recently spoke to ETel co-chair Surj Patel about why we think Internet Telehphony is important and what to expect at the upcoming O’Reilly Emerging Telephony conference, this January 24-26 in San Francisco. Developers now have the right tools and the right motivation to build a wide range of new desktop applications, telephone services, and corporate phone systems that integrate voice with the Web, IM, WiFi, and more.
It’s now as easy to create a voice application as it is to create a web application, and many of the same technologies are used in both areas. This creates tremendous opportunities for developers, enterprise users, and even the telcos — telephone companies — though most of them are loathe to believe it at the moment.
ETel will both showcase and examine the spirit of innovation behind VoIP communications. If you haven’t signed up yet, you just have until Monday 1/9 to take advantage of the Early Registration discount. And don’t forget, readers of this site can qualify for an additional 40% off that price by using the promo code etel06v40!