Capwire to rollout VoIP services next month

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    Capwire to rollout VoIP services next month

    EPITACIO Marquez, former president and chief executive officer of Capwire Telecommunications, confirmed that the telco company is rolling out voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in the country next month.

    "It is now being tested. But we expect commercial rollout next month," said Marquez right after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) concluded its public hearing on the draft rules on VoIP. Marquez has retired as president and is now a consultant to Capwire.

    According to Capwire's website, however, the company actually began offering VoIP services under the brand name iTalkDirect as early as 2003.

    In a separate interview, David Porter, representative of the foreign firm Vodini, the supplier of VoIP equipment to Capwire, said that they have forged an agreement with Capwire to offer to roll out their VoIP services in the country.

    "We now can legally operate VoIP services in the Philippines through Capwire," Porter added.

    Porter added that Vodini imported VoIP equipment to Capwire but developed the service in tandem with local talents from Capwire. "As you can see, the Philippines is in a position to become the exporter of VoIP services in the world, next to the US," he added.

    Capwire Inc. is one of the pioneers in the telecommunications industry. In 1962, it was established as a domestic telegraph carrier. In 991, Capwire and the Department of Transportation and Communication entered a joint venture for the installation and operation of a nationwide VSAT network known as the Philippine Satellite Communication Network or Philsat.

    In 1994, Capwire was granted the provisional authority to operate an International Gateway Facility (IGF). Two years later, it ventured into Internet business through its subsidiary WaveNet Philippines Inc.

    Capwire is currently suffering from huge debt, but officials indicated last year that the company will be in the black as data services bring in more revenues to the company. This latest venture into VoIP is expected to add to its current data service revenues.

    Posted 07:57pm (Mla time) May 04, 2005
    By Erwin Lemuel Oliva


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