Welcome to O'Reilly Emerging Telephony!

by Bruce Stewart

I'm excited to announce the launch of our new O'Reilly site devoted to what we're calling "Emerging Telephony." We'll be covering the latest happenings in telecommunications, from VoIP and Internet Telephony to new mobile applications and devices to the policy and regulatory issues that impact these important technologies. Please check back regularly or subscribe to our feed: you'll find news, analysis, reviews, and the in-depth technical articles you've come to expect from O'Reilly.

I've been the editorial director for O'Reilly's online publishing group for several years, but my background is in telecommunications, and I'm happy to be back in this space. I managed the telecom departments of two different California universities during the 1990s (back when VoIP was just a pipe dream and one of the campus connections to the internet was a 56K leased line), and I've kept my eyes on this constantly evolving industry. Clearly, there's a lot of action to cover.

In addition to daily blogging and the exclusive online content you'll find here, we'll be spotlighting the new related O'Reilly books, like Switching to VoIP and Asterisk: The Future of Telephony and Skype Hacks. We'll have these authors chiming in on the blog from time to time, too.

We'll also be talking about our important new conference of the same name, the O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference. Look for interviews and articles from keynote speakers, plus in-depth coverage of the event itself (especially if you can't make it to San Francisco next January 24-26). I'm thrilled to announce that readers of this site can immediately qualify for a substantial discount for this conference -- just sign up using the code etel06v40 and you’ll get a 40% discount! I hope to see you there.

I’m confident you'll find our Emerging Telephony website a valuable stop in your online quest for telephony news and views. I’m also looking forward to hearing what you all have to say. As Alexander Graham Bell himself once said, “Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.”

Leave a comment, skype or IM me at BruceETel, or drop me a line at bruce@oreilly.com. Let's get the conversation started.


Rosalie Goldsworthy
2005-12-13 19:14:53
Greetings from New Zealand.

I am interested in this site from the perspective of a user of ICT, rather than a technician. SKYPE is great and enables my family to keep in touch. When will the new solutions be worht switching to?

Bruce Stewart
2005-12-13 19:42:32
Hi Rosalie,

Thanks for your comment and I want you know it is definitely my intention to cover VoIP and related issues from the consumer perspective as well. There will naturally be some articles on this site that are for the very technical folks out there (after all that's what we're known for here at O'Reilly), but we're very aware that the user side of what's going on in telecom needs our attention also. Expect to see service and product reviews, and the kind of user-centric analysis of new technologies that you're looking for here in the mix too.

Thanks for stopping by!