The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is funding rural broadband builds again with its 2020 Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). And VoIP will play a role in making that happen as offering phone is a requirement for winners.
One of the topics I've been talking with customers and prospects about lately is innovation. Usually, when people discuss VoIP and UC innovation, they think of the highly visible, cool new end-user products and features. This is what I refer to as, "above-ground innovation". But above-ground innovation is only half of what we focus on when it comes to innovation at Alianza. The other kind of innovation is what I call "below-ground innovation" and it's all about less visible supporting services and solutions that make service providers more efficient and accelerate revenue.
Inform your voice network evolution and VoIP road map. Learn how the cloud can help you with cost reduction initiatives, virtualizing voice infrastructure and powering new service launches.
We are two decades into the VoIP transition and there are still many businesses moving from traditional communication systems to modern VoIP services, like hosted PBX. Now is an ideal time for service providers to help these businesses make that transition and participate in the fast growing cloud communication services market.
At Alianza, we say: “Got Fiber? You need VoIP!” We say this because many new ISPs are entering the market without a background in voice services, and there’s great opportunity for them to grow revenue, accelerate ROI and deliver a better customer experience with a phone service portfolio. This includes rural electric cooperatives, municipal providers and new overbuilder ISPs that are building broadband networks for rural and underserved communities.
The VoIP market in the United States is strong and it's growing. VoIP subscriptions grew 5% annually according to the latest FCC data. Yes, there’s cord-cutting and wireless-only homes, but there are still over 60 million residential phone lines, mostly VoIP, in the U.S. Some customers still want a landline and there are good reasons for that.
The U.S. VoIP market is strong and it's growing. Despite cord-cutting and wireless-only homes, VoIP subscriptions grew 5% from 2016 to 2017 according to FCC data. VoIP lines have grown 39% since 2013! There are 67 million interconnected VoIP subscriptions, representing 57% of all wireline phone lines in the U.S., upping its share from 52% in 2016. VoIP remains a lucrative market with strong margins.
As we mark our 10th anniversary transforming cloud communications, it's time to reflect back and look forward.
If you're new to offering VoIP one of the key considerations in preparing to launch phone service is rate center coverage. While you have global connectivity with an upstream Internet connection, this old telco world concept regarding local boundaries remains relevant and important when it comes to the telephone numbers you can offer.
The U.S. VoIP market is strong and it's growing. VoIP subscriptions have grown 32% since 2013, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 10%. And interconnected VoIP subscribers outnumber wireline switched access lines for the first time ever in the FCC's biannual status report.