The Strategy and Policy
held a ITU New Initiatives
Programme workshop on
The Future of Voice, which focused on the role
of the voice in the future ubiquitous network environment.
For a long time, voice services have been the principal
and will probably continue to drive
for some time.
is becoming harder to sustain traditional models of
per-minute pricing for voice as the service is increasingly
carried over data channels that are priced on a flat-rate
of the key issues discussed during the event include:
How are voice services
and what does this mean for users, providers and the
telecommunication industry as a whole?
How will fixed, mobile and internet-based phone services
How does messaging, gaming, multimedia fit in?
Are voice services of the future most likely to be billed by
volume, or on a flat rate basis?
regulatory freedom should be given to operators to bundle
voice with other services (e.g., multiple play: voice,
video, internet and mobility)?
form of licensing, if any, will be necessary for voice
What will be the new business models and revenue streams?
What are the
residual universal service obligations (e.g. emergency
calls) that should be imposed on voice providers?