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&T touts proven capability"> This will give the SBC-AT&T combination an advantage in providing diverse services and dealing with a large number of customers. He also noted that AT&T also had the proven "operational discipline and capability" to manage millions of subscribers.
Prior experience has shown that smaller telecommunications startups tend to have quality-of-service problems once they start serving more than 1 million subscribers, he said.
Click here to read the details about America Online Inc.s plans to offer VOIP phone services. With these plans and its infrastructure in place, AT&T is serving notice that it doesnt plan to stand idly on the sidelines as a clutch of new and existing telecommunications companies that are getting into the VOIP market. For example, AOL officials revealed Tuesday that it was it was starting a VOIP service integrated with its AOL Instant Messenger console and based on PSTN network services and switching provided by partners Level 3 Communications Inc. and Sonus Networks Inc. Vonage Holdings Corp. announced on Monday that it had become the first VOIP service provider to activate more than 500,000 broadband VOIP lines. AT&T is also in a position to offer enhanced IP services for enterprises and small businesses that go beyond the residential or consumer voice services that other VOIP services offer. For example, AT&T is working on enhanced IP video conferencing that would allow automatic audio to text translation, which would allow users to review the conference archive and search back to a specific point of interest. "This allows us to search that conference clip and find the actual key words that you are interested in rather than watching an entire two-hour clip to listen to what you are really interested," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on voice over IP and telephony.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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