Why Use a Class 4 Softswitch?
October 22, 2013
By Michelle Amodio
, TMCnet Contributor
Softswitch technology is an important aspect when it comes to VoIP. It has changed the traditional method of functioning by replacing hardware switches to softswitches based on software. This has reduced the cost of communication and enabled converged services at the same time.
Softswitches have class numbers that help identify the advantages of switches. A class 4 softswitch works as the gateway that interconnects the traffic and the route high volumes. It is a flexible, reliable and secure solution.
Class 4 softswitches are used between local offices exchanges and carriers or carrier to carrier to avoid the high costs of long-distance calls via PSTN.
While class 5 softswitches can route even PSTN telephone calls, making them an ideal solution to offer end users, class 4 softswitches use sophisticated algorithms to reduce cost, latency, congestion,and to improve the overall quality of VoIP calls. It’s also easy to use.
More commonly known as a tandem telephone switch, a class 4 switch connects class 5 switches to a larger network. It is a telephone central office switch used to connect the end offices of telephone service networks together.
A class 4 softswitch routes calls over long distances, as well large volumes of traffic—basically all the traffic between various class 5 areas.
Softswitches are software applications that are downloaded and installed on computers, so you can connect phone calls from one line to the other phone line by the help of Internet. Softswitches have higher scalability and are a great choice for companies that make a lot of calls to various locations.
The class of the switch will depend on largely what a company needs, and given the class 4 benefits and features, it’s a solid choice for companies operating on a larger scale.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey