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

mgraves at mstvp.com mgraves at mstvp.com
Wed Dec 9 13:07:45 EST 2015

Sigh, yes I recall sitting at an event hosted by Jeff Pulver in NYC, back in 2009. "The future is here!" cried one and all, just not yet.
OTOH, at least the very backward looking have largely stopped the plaintive bleating about "spectral efficiency" and bandwidth constraints.
I for one would love to have this discussion live in a podcast or hangout...if anyone else is interested.
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--------- Original Message --------- Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] Future of the Traditional PSTN vs VOIP and VoLTE
From: "Alex Balashov" <abalashov at evaristesys.com>
Date: 12/9/15 11:17 am
To: voiceops at voiceops.org

I don't mean to be a Negative Nancy, but I am concerned that some of may 
 not realise how many times this conversation has played out before, in 
 various permutations. The PSTN is dead, long live the PSTN, etc.
 The enthusiastic proclamation of a forum/vehicle/working 
 committee/consortium/federation/association for Truly Next Generation 
 VoIP Peering, For Real This Time--sometimes with great fanfare--is at 
 least a once-annual occurrence, if not more often.
 In the end, it always dies and withers away, because in the end, nobody 
 really cares what a consortium of small operators think. Without buy-in 
 from a major-league industry actor, the one-year survival rate on these 
 visionary initiatives is extremely low.
 I'm not saying it shouldn't be tried again. I would just be realistic 
 about the possibilities for large, cosmological-type change. The reality 
 is that almost all ITSPs make and receive almost all of their calls to 
 and from the PSTN, in one way or another. As long as that's the case, 
 there won't be the critical mass for anyone to sponsor Truly Next 
 Generation VoIP Peering, For Real This Time.
 -- Alex
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