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.
Rural telcos are adopting VoIP, but it's a slow go. According to the NTCA's latest survey, just one-third of members have a VoIP service offering. Today's legacy networks are dangerously obsolete and telcos need to move to next-gen IP solutions. Cloud sourcing next-generation VoIP infrastructure can help telcos migrate to IP faster in order to deliver a better experience to their customers and realize impactful financial and operational improvements.
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.
Last month Level 3 and Alianza announced the release of a new Heavy Reading white paper Migrating Service Provider Voice Infrastructure to the Cloud.
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.
Last week Dell’Oro Group reported on the telecom CAPEX stating that "telecom operators around the world invested heavily in their fiber and LTE networks in 1H14 as the transformation from voice-centric to data-centric drivers continued." The research firm says that 2014 will see an increase in spending but a decline is projected for 2015. CAPEX is precious. It enables new technology to be deployed in a service provider network and can jump start new solutions and revenue producing services. In order for CAPEX to be spent, it needs high ROI justification. That's why it's being spent on broadband, LTE, WiFi, IoT and other high-impact, high-growth potential technologies.
SCTE and cable operators have pledged to reduce network energy use by 2020 and Network World recently wrote about the power costs behind the PSTN and the benefits an of IP transition. One quick and easy way for cable operators and telcos to do that is turn off the voice network and put it in the cloud—not their cloud, but the cloud voice platform. Power savings, going green and reducing cooling are all initiatives that are good for the world at large and help the bottom line as well.
This is the second post in a series discussing Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform (see Next Generation Voice Platform – Leaping From Network to Cloud) from the Alianza development team. I'm exploring how we got where we are and how it's different from the hosted solutions of yesteryear.
NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association, recently released the results of its annual member survey. The NTCA 2013 Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report provides a number of stats that underscore how telco companies are becoming broadband multi-play providers. However, they face some challenges and there are a number of areas where the cloud can help these providers, especially telco voice and broadband.