A breakthrough in technology normally comes alone, and makes its way alone, as an entity in itself. Telephone communications, television, radio, camera technologies and so on, each has cropped up at a certain point in time and has a world of its own. Some time ago, you needed to decide between either buying a camera or getting yourself a phone, since you couldn’t get both with the same amount of money. Today, you can enjoy many technologies in one same device!
The device is actually not the most important commodity; it is the service and all the underlying mechanisms supporting it. Just as VoIP allows it, you can combine your broadband Internet connection with your telephone service, thus simplifying communication. Thereby, the amount of resources you need is reduced. VoIP is leading us towards a convergence of communications.
By having a common underlying mechanism and infrastructure, many communications technologies, like Internet access, voice, video and data communication, can be combined and be provided through a single device and over the same network – the convergence of communications.