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.
Last week Alianza and Level 3 sponsored a FierceCable webinar Cable VoIP 2.0 — Delivered and Managed in The Cloud 2.0 featuring our customer Vyve Broadband. Alex Harris, Vyve's VP of Network Planning, provided a first-hand experience on cloud sourcing VoIP for Vyve’s next generation VoIP solution. Leading into that account, JP Gonzalez and I summarized the current state of voice along with opportunities and a need for change in the way voice is delivered and managed by cable providers.
Next week Alianza will be exhibiting at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Throughout the year Alianza has been investing in the cable market to help MSOs with their next generation voice initiatives. Throughout our history we have helped ISPs deliver voice (such as Clearwire and ViaSat) and now many traditional providers of VoIP are turning to cloud given the challenging consumer voice dynamics, aging networks and the need to be extremely agile in delivering new features and SMB voice solutions.
Last week we announced that Vyve Broadband selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform to power its next generation cable voice services. Vyve is a Top 25 MSO in the US (formerly known as BCI Broadband) and has established rapidly itself through acquisitions of systems from Allegiance Communications and Mediastream. Vyve aims to deliver a compelling bundle of services combined with excellent customer experience to largely underserved markets.
Given the business model transformation that service providers have demanded and vendors have failed to deliver for VoIP, I think 2013 showed some strong momentum for an emerging voice delivery model that addresses that need. Here at Alianza we believe a new technology and business model is essential for VoIP given market dynamics and the various strategic growth initiatives that could use the CAPEX/OPEX needed to normally fund a voice network (see my various posts on this topic throughout the year). This new model is the cloud voice platform.
I've just returned from Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) annual convention held this week in Las Vegas, a great event for education and networking in this tight-knit community of indepdent mobile operatotes. We joined CCA earlier this year as we think our mission to radically transform voice aligns nicely with member needs as they deploy LTE. VoIP is a perfect compliment to the CCA members deploying LTE for fixed broadband services in their markets.
Yesterday we announced a new hosted fixed voice over LTE (VoLTE) solution that enables mobile service providers to further monetize their LTE spectrum with easy-to-launch and profitable VoIP services. This is ideally suited for the rural, regional and competitive mobile network operators (MNOs), but it works for any mobile operator that wants to additional voice revenue to their fixed LTE broadband service without taking on the risk and significant investments.