Grabbing VoIP by the Reins with REDCOM's HDX Softswitch
February 01, 2012
By Beecher Tuttle
, TMCnet Contributor
Today's rural telecom service providers are facing quite a predicament. To successfully compete in the current market, carriers need to provide next-generation telecom services like VoIP and various value-added IP applications. Unfortunately, most carriers are unable to overcome the cost and technology barriers that accompany major infrastructure changes.
The most viable solution to this dilemma is REDCOM’s (News - Alert) next-generation Carrier-Grade softswitch, which enables service providers to utilize their legacy TDM infrastructure and still make the transition to VoIP.
With REDCOM’s HDX Carrier-Class 4/5 softswitch, carriers can make a low-risk, gradual migration to IP while continuing to support legacy devices like modems, fax machines and Point of Sale terminals. In fact, carriers can get started with just 100 IP customers and scale the softswitch as more customers migrate to VoIP.
This way, rural telecom service providers can take advantage of their legacy equipment investments while opening up the near-limitless revenue generating opportunities provided by IP.
With a wide range of protocols and interfaces, the HDX softwitch can also help future-proof a network, thus limiting additional investments down the road. The softswitch's TRANSip architecture is compatible with all standards-based SIP phones and supports the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), which enables the monitoring of all network-attached devices.
As far as scalability is concerned, the Carrier-Class 4/5 softswitch offers an industry-leading "building block approach," where a shelf can exist as a standalone product or as part of a 16,000 port system.
Cost Savings and Revenue Generating Opportunities
Surviving in the current economy is rather simple: grow revenue while minimizing operational expenses. As a low-cost, entry-level solution, the HDX softwitch can help rural service providers do just that. Carriers can undertake a methodical, phased approach to IP without having to make wholesale replacements of their legacy architectures.
REDCOM has positioned the softswitch as a “cap and grow” drop-in replacement for existing switching equipment, enabling an easy, low-cost migration to VoIP without requiring a complete teardown.
With an HDX softswitch in place, carriers can then deploy Centrix VoIP services and other high-demand revenue-generating subscriber features. The ability to deploy VoIP services not only helps stave off competition from low-cost rivals, it also provides carriers with unique ways to differentiate themselves from other traditional service providers.
Other Key Benefits
REDCOM’s HDX Carrier-Class 4/5 softswitch separates itself from competing softswitches with its distributed and redundant architecture and its ability to provide multiple access solutions.
By distributing resources system- and network-wide, the HDX softswitch mitigates against single point failures, viruses, worms and DoS attacks.
In addition, the HDX softswitch can be integrated with a host of other REDCOM products – including the MAUI interface, the Link Command System and the company's ClusterNet technology – to create a robust network management system.
Check out the HDX product page for more information on the next-generation softswitch.
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Beecher Tuttle is a TMCnet contributor. He has extensive experience writing and editing for print publications and online news websites. He has specialized in a variety of industries, including health care technology, politics and education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi