The last blog noted that the infrastructure required for IP Communications uses far fewer resources than similarly sized TDM networks. A Broadvox data center requires less power, construction materials, air conditioning and space than a Verizon central office switching center. Therefore, transitioning to VoIP/SIP Trunking is a key step in being a good steward of the earth.
The most common defense for the IP ecosystem being green has been that it allows for more telecommuters and provides more features and benefits to those workers.
When I first began to study whether SIP Trunking was part of improving the ecosystem, I encountered a rather well written article stating that VoIP was not a green technology. I accepted this position until recently when I realized the logic was flawed. The initial point revolved around the components of the technology. It is true that VoIP/SIP Trunking requires an array of servers and sophisticated electronics.
Is there really a question about the future of telecommunications? Over the last thirty years, I have participated in the development of the Intelligent Network Architecture that brought us Service Control Points and out of band signaling (SS7), Cellular communications (now mobility with Wi-Fi, Mi-Fi and femtocell) and today, IP Telephony. There is no doubt in my mind that the transition to IP communications is inevitable and I wonder why the FCC is asking for opinions on the subject? As usual, I'll keep an eye on that for you as well.
The acquisition of Tandberg by Cisco Systems appears to indicate that video, voice and IP technologies are finally going to converge to deliver a satisfying video conferencing solution. Assuming the technologies will mesh properly, market demand remains the only unknown. Telepresence is one of the promises of Unified Communications. If successfully deployed, it could represent a tremendous improvement in worker productivity and business communications.
I have noted for some time that AT&T and Verizon were about to enter the VoIP market. Recently, a VAR asked me to compare AT&T's IP Flexible Reach product with Broadvox GO! SIP Trunking. It was not surprising that the Broadvox offering was less expensive.