Mobile broadband, more specifically, mobile VoIP is one of the hottest topics in the technology industry. Broadband speeds are increasing and services are converging, creating a new revolution with wireless networks and handheld devices. This new revolution has started changing the landscape of the wireless mobile industry because innovative technologies have started hitting the market. Why is it changing and what is the impact? Recently IBISWorld released its “VoIP in the US” report which announced, “The expansion of mobile broadband networks will open up new avenues for growth.”
What is fueling this change? The VoIP industry is. As the VoIP industry continues to grow, we are seeing a simple, but profound change take place in the wireless mobile industry. Wireless carriers are changing their strategies from a phone and text messaging focus to a data focus.
Why the change in strategy? There has been a widespread adoption of VoIP. Wireless mobile operators have recognized that a new breed of service providers have started satisfying the end user’s needs. These providers are ITSPs (Internet telephony service providers), which are today’s version of the ISP (Internet service providers) from the ‘90’s. Wireless operators are also recognizing that there is a trend towards mobile VoIP over fixed VoIP lines and in 2012 mobile VoIP revenues exceeded fixed VoIP revenues.
“The evolution of the VoIP industry, as well as the adoption of smartphones, has forced wireless providers to focus more on their wireless broadband networks,” stated Jason Tapolci, President of VoIP Innovations, a wholesale VoIP provider. Tapolci went on to say, “The initial impact of mobile VoIP could negatively impact wireless operators profit margins, causing price increases.” Many wireless operators are resisting the mobile VoIP movement, but this is a stance that won’t last long and mobile VoIP will be widespread on mobile phones everywhere.
In conclusion, as businesses and individuals continue to adopt VoIP, we will continue to see a trend towards mobile VoIP. This trend will continue to place pressure on wireless broadband providers to rethink and change their operating strategy.
Jason Tapolci is President of VoIP Innovations, an Inc. 5000 company. They specialize in providing the largest DID and termination VoIP footprints in North America. Their network includes over 500,000 DIDs in stock in over 8,500 rate centers in the US and Canada. Recently, VoIP Innovations expanded their footprint to include DIDs in over 60 countries and now offers A-Z termination. VoIP Innovations is owned by ABG Capital and is based in Pittsburgh, PA. To learn more about VoIP Innovations, visit them at http://www.VoIPInnovations.com.