View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
February 11, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 1:04pm


By CBR Staff Writer

With the likes of Telecom Corp of New Zealand Ltd starting trials of Internet telephony, acceptance of the quirky technology that enables you to make a phone call anywhere in the world for the price of a local call is progressing apace, and now Rockville, Maryland-based Latic Communications Inc is making the technology the basis of an institutionalized service offering 50% off standard rates – initially on only two expensive but frequently-used routes. The company says its customers will be initially able to place high-quality, low-cost phone calls between Tokyo and Washington, and San Jose and Washington, over the Internet. Domestic US rates are expected to be as low as 5 to 6 cents per minute, international rates as low as 15 cents per minute. To invoke the service, the caller uses any touchtone phone to dial a local number to get to the Latic server, followed by a six-digit Personal Identification Number and the number of the person they are calling. Latic plans to seek out other international routes where deploying the technology will provide its customers with the biggest savings when they call via its servers in San Jose and Washington, with the Pacific Rim looking the most promising. International facsimile service will also be offered this spring. As well as using the benefits of the Internet, Latic claims to have dramatic new compression and transmission technologies, on which it has applied for patents, and these are said to condense 240 two-way conversations into a T-1 Internet channel, which would otherwise carry only 24 calls, without sacrificing quality. The company plans to franchise the idea so that investors of all sizes can establish nodes to offer the Latic service to consumers in the surrounding area.

Content from our partners
Scan and deliver
GenAI cybersecurity: "A super-human analyst, with a brain the size of a planet."
Cloud, AI, and cyber security – highlights from DTX Manchester

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.