With the acquisitions of the VoIP 1.0 softswitch vendors, including BroadSoft, GENBAND, and Metaswitch, communication service providers are asking: what is the future of my VoIP softswitch network? Is my current supplier the one that can take me to the web-scale, cloud-centric future?
Your softswitch has had a good life. It's time to retire it before your switch techs do. For many technological innovations, what was considered state-of-the-art 15 or 20 years go has now gotten to the point where end of life is looming large. Softswitches are no exception. They may morph to a virtual form, but in reality the risks are still very real.
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The call to quarantine and work from home to stem the spread of the coronavirus has caused a massive shift in network usage patterns, affecting where and when a network is used and the amount of traffic over these broadband networks. These shifts have also led to an increase in wireline voice traffic.
As VoIP 1.0 softswitches near end-of-life, service providers face decisions on how to evolve their voice networks to be more agile, competitive, and profitable. There's a softswitch migration coming, so what are the replacement options? What is the role of the cloud-based vs cloud-building solutions?
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.
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.
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).
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.