Recent VoIP issues
First Skype, now VoIP. Can't see what all the fuss is about IP-telephony services.
The technology's here, but it's hardly reliable. Apparently BT's 21CN will provide the much-needed backbone for VoIP to run properly, but at the moment, BT's network has trouble handling PSTN and ADLS over copper, never mind adding VoIP into the mix.
The way VoIP is set up as well, with eg Skype running as a P2P service on your machine hardly fills me with confidence. Too much emphasis on the end user and their setup, and not enough redundancy from the provider, as these outages have shown.
What's wrong with just picking up the bog-standard telemephone, and mashing it with your dialling wand like we used to?