Convergence of the old and the new

Since the earliest days of VoIP when the term ‘IP telephony’ was commonly used to describe the new age method of making voice calls, there has been discussion of convergence. That is, between the old ways of providing business telephony services (telephone switches, PBX systems and copper twisted-pair to the desk), and the new approach where voice could be provided as ‘just another service’ on the corporate LAN.

VoIP had humble beginnings where it was seen as a way to get free calls, but with no expectation that the quality would be good or could be controlled. However, it has now come of age and can compete head-to-head with the PSTN and even surpass it in quality terms (with HD voice technology). The barriers to adoption have been coming down for VoIP, and Aculab systems are in place across a whole range of industry sectors supporting both TDM and IP-based traffic.

An example of just how IP-based applications can be rolled out to integrate with an existing TDM infrastructure can be found in a new Aculab case study from a UK city council. By deploying ApplianX IP to TDM gateways, the Nottingham City Council was able to integrate existing TDM PBXs with newer IP PBXs whilst maintaining service and reducing network costs.

Aculab is always happy to discuss the convergence of IP and TDM networks, and this week sees some of the team at the Convergence India 2011 event in New Delhi. The event is recognised as South Asia's largest event in the ICT sector, and covers a huge range of technologies from telecommunications, through to broadcast TV and satellite services. Stop by Aculab’s stand (stand K86 in Hall 10) to hear more about what Aculab can do to solve your problems with converging legacy TDM with new IP-based telecommunications networks.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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