The end of the landline is getting closer; British Telecom, the largest telecommunications provider in the United Kingdom, recently affirmed its intention to take down the residential Public Switched Telephone Network for the purpose of making a full transition to Voice over Internet Protocol.
Broadband and mobile networks are quickly replacing landlines around the world; in fact, the United States is lagging in this regard. In countries such as Japan, Finland, and South Korea, advanced broadband and LTE networks have largely replaced PSTN calling.
In the enterprise world, the switch to VoIP systems is happening at a very fast pace. Business owners should focus on making sure that their companies have access to adequate broadband and mobile data connections; quality of service for business VoIP can be attained with a minimum of 10 Mbps, which usually provides at least one Mbps of bandwidth. To provide continuity of business communications, the wireless broadband network should at least support 3G connections, ideally 4G and LTE.
Currently, more business owners in California are opting for Unified Communications, a new business process that consolidates voice calling with text messaging, internet chat, voice mail, email, file sharing, online collaboration, and customer relationship management systems. Companies that have already adopted Unified Communications, which requires an underlying VoIP system, have gained a competitive edge through increased efficiency and productivity.