The IP Transition Is Already Underway

Internet Protocol (IP) is offering service providers the opportunity to migrate several diverse services to one singular broadband-based infrastructure.

Thus, IP transformation is an issue that businesses of all sizes need to be aware of in the coming years.

IP transformation really refers to the evolution of the telecommunications model from one that has previously been capital-intensive to a new methodology which is focused around convenient service delivery to users. IP transformation is leading to a revolution in telecommunications, not just in the established western markets, but all over the world.

The growing prominence of IP transformation reflects a world in which the way we communicate is changing rapidly. It is not that long ago that conducting telephone calls through anything other than conventional phonelines seemed like a science-fiction concept, whereas today almost all of us, and certainly the tech-savvy, are fully familiar with services such as Skype.

As mobile services become more sophisticated, and network technology more powerful, it is inevitable that the migration of telecommunications will continue from fixed lines to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services and mobile-based products. According to recent research, fixed access telephone lines have rapidly declined as mobile and VoIP take up has increased exponentially, with VoIP alone now accounting for over 25 percent of access lines in the United States. The US Department of Health and Human Services also indicates that over one-third of US households now only utilise wireless devices.

So the transformation of telecommunication services is already very much underway. This IP transformation will only accelerate in the coming years, particularly as the technology related to it becomes more accessible for so-called developing economies and Third World nations. Ultimately iP-based networks will completely transform the existing legacy network infrastructure, which has reigned for over a century, into a singular, simplified, flexible and standardised infrastructure for all telecommunications services.

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