[VoiceOps] Future of the Traditional PSTN vs VOIP and VoLTE

Paul Timmins paul at timmins.net
Sat Dec 5 16:28:34 EST 2015

Are you ignoring the position Intelliquent has in the market?

> On Dec 5, 2015, at 14:26, Alex Balashov <abalashov at evaristesys.com> wrote:
> It seems to me that even now, the central preoccupation of any VoIP ITSP is connection to the PSTN, and that the ILEC tandem is still the anchor of that supply chain.
> Not a year has gone by since ~2000 or so that some grandiose, cosmological reduced/free pure-IP peering/clearinghouse proposal hasn't appeared, but all of these are hollow when the PSTN is still the common denominator.
> Moreover, there are powerful inertial forces that aim to incentivise the continuation of the incumbent transit model - measured usage over SS7 - for as long as possible. There is a fairly large number of private interconnects that are technologically IP, of course, but they operate in a conceptually similar way. The next-generation walled gardens cropping up around VoLTE and mobile are conceptually similar, too; IMS is just a different kind of transport for the same old thing.
> So, the right question to ask isn't: "Is the PSTN dead yet?" It's more like, "Are you on PSTN 2.0 yet"? :-)
> -- Alex
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