News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 116 on 28 June 2002

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ITXC SELLS VOIP MINUTES TO STATE-OWNED AFRICAN TELCOS

28 June 2002

Almost unnoticed the sale of internet telephony minutes to African telcos has been laying the foundations for a more competitive environment. Traditional telco operators counter this claim by saying that Voice Over IP (VOIP) minutes only account for seven per cent of the total of minutes sold worldwide. They may have a point but they are missing something of wider significance. The dominant airlines in Europe sing a similar song: "the budget carriers have only a tiny share of our market". What is missing in this explanation is that the budget carriers are the growth part of the market and…