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.
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.
For the past several years I’ve started the year with a post looking back on how service provider voice is moving away from legacy approaches to a radically new solution we call the cloud voice platform (see last year’s Service Provider Voice - On the Road to the Cloud).
The FCC is making a big push to help consumers combat robocalls and telemarketing calls. Robocalling is an awful abuse of technology and our telecom infrastructure. It's time for us to fight back and block these robocalls with new tools.
2015 was another banner year for moving service provider voice from old school ways to deliver voice to cloud-based solutions. As residential and business VoIP continues the shift to cloud delivery models, that transition is also happening to service provider VoIP infrastructure. As part of the movement to web-scale, virtualized solutions, cloud voice platforms are increasingly adopted by all types of service providers to power new services and replace aging, obsolete networks.
Cable MSOs have delivered impressive growth, but in order to not shed value they must respond to the coming disruption with innovation across products and business models. That's the message from Accenture's report Driving a New Era of Value Growth in the Cable Industry. We see the cloud voice platform as one such response to the headwinds associated with cable voice services and aging VoIP networks today.
I spend many hours talking with executives and senior leadership at all types of broadband service providers—cable companies, ISPs and telcos. I really like to dig in and see what challenges they face, what keeps them up at night and what goals they are driving for and how they want to improve their companies. For those that have delivered VoIP services for decades, including CLECs, ILECs and cable providers—executives at those companies are facing a changing and challenging landscape for their voice services over the next five years.
Analyst firm STL Partners, as part of the Telco 2.0 Initiative, issued a report last month entitled Cloud: What is the role of telcos in cloud services in 2015? I’m flipping this question and asking: what is the role of cloud in telco services? When it comes to voice, we think it’s central to business model transformation for telcos, ISPs and cable operators.
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.