Access to Broadband
Charlie Sands wrote: "I am very impressed by what you are doing and the info you provide on your website. I hope that someday we will be able to meet as I am very interested in promoting broadband on a global basis. I am a co-founder of the Access to Broadband Campaigns in the UK and Thailand. Our UK website is at www.abcampaign.org.uk and we launched our campaign with The Rural and Regional Broadband Conference held in London on July 9th."
He added that they now have "base level funding for our campaign and we are now getting formally organized in terms of establishing a professional campaign".
Changes for Selling Voice In France
Fabien Maisl of Cirpack, who set up our introduction to Michael Boukobza of Free Telecom (see above) wrote: "I thought you would be interested to see that LDCOM is reacting at Free Telecom's success with their VoIP/DSL service. Note LDCOM is the largest alternative operator in France (second largest telco after the incumbent) and Free Telecom is the largest alternative ISP (second after the incumbent).
They are both launching VoIP over DSL services for the residential market with very aggressive pricing schemes. This is completely changing the way voice is sold (pay for DSL, get voice for free whereas we have been used to pay for your phone line and get free internet access).
I expect a lively fourth quarter in the French voice market as other operators figure out how to compete."
Here's Fabian's summary of the details on LDCOM's offering, as excerpted and translated from ZDNet France:
Fabian also mentions that the voice services from both LDCOM and Free Telecom are managed by Cirpack switches.