Cisco today celebrated a major milestone with the distribution of its 30 millionth Internet Protocol (IP) phone to one of the world’s largest banking and financial services institutions, HSBC.
Now that’s a lot of phones! It’s fascinating to see just how far Cisco has progressed. Cisco made its first Voice over IP phone call in 1997 and sold its first Cisco Unified IP Phone in 1998. Today, IP phones have evolved beyond voice to connect people with video technology, and act as interfaces to networked applications, services and content. IP phones are part of a new collaboration experience that is rich, integrated, mobile and often virtualized.
Take a look at the video below which charts the history of the Cisco IP Phone (1997-2010). I’m thinking the next 13 years should be quite a ride!