HD VoIP Will Save the Day

Updated: May 13, 2009

There comes a point in every disruptive technology's life when it is not just an "acceptable alternative" to the entrenched technology, nor even "as good as" the entrenched technology, but "preferable to" the entrenched technology. That's when the entrenched technology dies.

That's when VCRs and audio cassette tape decks show up on FreeCycle.org and the shelves of Goodwill Industries shops. That's when pawnshops won't take them anymore. That's when Wal-Mart runs out of Blu-Ray players during Christmas season and respectable matrons bloody each other for the last one.

This sort of "market inflection point" hit the VoIP market in the second half of 2008. High-definition (HD) VoIP is preferable to traditional PSTN. HD VoIP is here, now, in abundance from many vendors. That's it. Game over.

The PSTN is not dying, it is dead. Its corpse is being hauled away to recycling centers and Third World countries. Do not cling to the PSTN or, like a car pulling away from the curb, it will drag you through dirt and broken glass. Let go and embrace HD VoIP.

HD VoIP doubles the usable bandwidth of traditional VoIP to 16 Khz, making VoIP audio signals painfully clear. You may actually have to throttle down the bandwidth a bit to dampen the rustling of clothing and the soft scratch of ballpoint pens on paper. That's fine. The point is, HD VoIP is preferable to anything else, and it's time to buy it.

Jeff Pulver, whose first evangelical ravings on VoIP I edited in Boardwatch Magazine, has a decade-long track record of calling things right in the VoIP industry. Here's what he has to say on his blog:

"I believe HD voice holds the same promise for the telecom industry as format changes in the entertainment industry. With enough interest, together we can trigger a worldwide replacement cycle like the one observed currently with HDTV. This is an opportunity that cannot be ignored and one that will get the attention of the entire telecom ecosystem."

Featured Research
  • 7 Reasons Your Business Communications Need to be Headed for the Cloud in 2018

    If your business communication systems aren’t already cloud based, making the switch from traditional systems should be a priority for your business in 2018. The advantages of cloud-based systems are numerous and significant. The cost savings are one well-known aspect - but there are many others like mobility, speed, and security to consider as well. more

  • QTS Communications

    QTS Communications is a Colorado company since 1999, delivering highly reliable Unified Communications to small, medium and enterprise businesses. Our business is Communications, and we understand the technologies that make businesses work. more

  • 7 Ways VoIP Helps Your Business Adapt to Change

    A key trait of successful businesses is their ability to quickly adapt to change. Adaptability allows you to take advantage of changing trends and differentiate your business in even crowded markets. As it turns out, one of the simplest ways to become more adaptable is to use VoIP. There are several reasons this is true - including lower costs, increased mobility, and faster decision making. more

  • 8 Ways to Get More From Your VoIP System

    Many businesses adopt VoIP to take advantage of the cost savings without spending enough time reviewing the features and benefits made available by different solutions. If this is true for your business, there’s a good chance you could be getting more from your VoIP system in the form of even lower costs or improved employee productivity. You may even find that your current software offers features that you aren’t taking advantage of! more

  • The Future of Mobile VoIP

    Business communications have changed a lot in the last few years, and the landscape will only continue to change in 2018 and beyond. These changes are important to stay on top of if you want to maintain or grow a competitive advantage. Things like 5G mobile networks and artificial intelligence have the potential to be extremely disruptive. more