Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is being touted as on its way out by quite a few sources. It’s being said that with the advent of VoIP services, cable and fiber network expansions and wireless communications innovations that POTS is dying a slow, but steady death. But, is that really the case? The reason people have landlines is largely the same: voice communication.
If your business is sitting on the edge of deciding whether to switch to a digital phone service don’t let the fear of higher prices dissuade you. Technological innovations have a notorious history of coming hand in hand with huge costs that only businesses with money to burn are able to implement. Unlike those technology advances, digital phone services actually cost less.
While Hot Telecom’s “Global Telecom Consulting Market Report 2011” is in its sixth edition and reporting that the telecom industry’s revenue decreased by nearly 9.1 percent, it seems that the Asian, Latin American, and the Middle-Eastern and African (MEA) regions experienced an upturn in growth by the end of 2010. The rest of the world began to see recovery in that period, as well.
While the technology is fairly new, some voice over internet protocol (VoIP) providers are already connecting residential customers with cloud telephony. One such service uses the traditional telephone lines in the house to connect to their cloud-hosted VoIP network via a dedicated ADSL-style connection. This brings some security to traditional VoIP services since the cloud network doesn’t reside on the open internet.
The report says that revenues in the industry got up to $1.9 trillion USD by the end of 2010. This meant that there was an increase of 4.5 percent over the figures reported at the end of 2009. In 2009, revenues had declined 3.8 percent below previous years.
Even though Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is gaining ground, many business owners are still not sure whether they should switch. Sure, they cost less, but there is still this hang-up about VoIP having less reliability than the plain old telephone service (POTS). This is a look at the good and the bad of VoIP compared to POTS.
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