Vonage bashing continues. Nortel is the latest one to join the bashing bandwagon. The vendor has filed a lawsuit against Vonage for patent infringement. This is a great case study for the future aspiring service providers looking to do serious business in telecommunications. The moral is simple: if you develop your own solutions, you can only last as long as you are small. Extension of the moral: once you get big (and you are still using in-house solutions), get ready for the IPR headaches.
I have written twice before (here and here) on Vonageâ€™s proprietary VoIP gear and why it decided to stick to it. The fact is that Vonage is not enabling fantastically different applications and features than what most off-the-shelf access server products in VoIP market are offering. These off-the-shelf access server solutions can be sourced from any of the third party vendors such as Sylantro, Broadsoft, Sonus, Metaswitch, Italtel, Comverse, etc â€¦. Not to mention bigger vendors like NSN, Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent, and Huawei.
Vonage does not have much cash in the bank left after previous settlements along similar infringements with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The company would be better advised to spend that cash on buying off the shelf VoIP gear and get rid of the lawsuit train.