VoIP, and hosted VoIP, in particular, is the new age communication technology that is gradually replacing the PSTN technology. However, the latter still has not lost its relevance. The traditional analogue technology or the PSTNs are still used by a large portion of users. However, the VoIP is a much cheaper and more user-friendly alternative to PSTN.
Is VoIP The Answer to PSTN?
Telephony comes along with a string of technical issues that plague the PSTN technology. VoIP is the best answer to those issues. Frankly speaking, this is where VoIP scores over PSTN. When VoIP first appeared, it did so with issues like dropped call and poor quality of calls. At that time, no one considered it a real challenge to PSTN. However, gradually it overcame those glitches. Now, VoIP is a very serious alternative to PSTN.
PSTN is expected to become obsolete over the course of the next few years. Still, it has not lost all its relevance. There is a strong debate in the air as to whether VoIP will maintain its quality and push PSTN to oblivion. Here is where the comparison between the two technologies pops up.
The Technological Facelift Hosted VoIP
Over the last decade or so, VoIP has seen a lot of technological facelift. Today, there are a lot of reasons why it is considered the face of telecommunication technology. A modern avatar of VoIP is hosted VoIP.
A number of enterprises still stick back to their age-old PSTN service or analogue telephony technology. There are reasons behind this psychology of these enterprises. This is a well-known, tried and tested technology. It also comes up with in-built reliability, security and some emergency services. These are some of the reasons why these enterprises still would vouch for PSTN over VoIP. Over the ages, PSTN has proved to be one of the most trusted technologies in the world of communication. While VoIP has come up as an alternative, PSTN also has had its own share of development and modernization.
The Gradual Shift to Hosted VoIP
On the other hand, a considerable number of businesses are switching over to hosted VoIP. They are replacing their age old PSTNs with less expensive hosted VoIP technologies. Firstly, using hosted VoIP is simpler that using PSTNs. This is because the technology is Internet-based. A mere Internet connection is enough to set up a hosted VoIP based telecommunication service. The platform can integrate data, voice and video under a concurrent platform. This integration increases the scalability. Also, the data is sent over the network in a somewhat compressed format. This makes sure that proper utilization of bandwidth is possible.
More importantly, the proper utilization of bandwidth results in enhanced efficiency. This in turn, leads to a massive reduction of cost. Many times, even value-added services come free of cost. VoIP is a near perfect technology that meets all the needs of the present day communication.
Choosing The Right Communication System
That takes us back to where we started, when it comes to choosing between VoIP and PSTN. Perhaps the best option is to choose a hybrid system with VoIP in the core and the PSTN in the periphery.
Experts believe that the hosted VoIP will take over the PSTN completely in near future. However, as of now, VoIP will provide the feel of the future technology and PSTN will help to get that age-old feeling of the comfort zone. This is the right combination till VoIP or hosted VoIP completely takes over. Till then, the debate over the two technologies is likely to continue!!
About Nebula Solutions
Nebula Solutions (originally Technology Convergence Group (TCG)) is a provider of business telecommunication solutions in the Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio areas. Nebula Solutions is a Toshiba Platinum Dealer, which is the highest attainable certification level. Nebula Solutions supports all Toshiba telephone systems from the IPedge VoIP system all the way to Strata communication systems. At Nebula Solutions, our technicians are Toshiba certified and have an average of over 20 years of experience.
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