Today's Telcos to Die; the Telcos of the Future. Over the next five to 10 years, most of today's traditional big telcos (landline and wireless) will wither or disappear. They will collapse into a few IP-level operators providing raw IP connectivity, who compete on price and quality of service. Some will also provide content, such as TV programs and movies.

This will happen because:

So who will the big voice carriers of the future be? Think of companies like Skype, Apple, and Google. ... David Ferris