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gateways extinction

Within Aculab, we’re often discussing the general acceptance of VoIP and whether we’re any closer to the time when traditional TDM voice will disappear and ALL enterprise voice communications needs will be handled via IP connections rather than TDM E1 and T1 circuits.

Gateways enable communication where otherwise, it would be impossible.

Gateways are analogous to interpreters. They don’t translate the conversation during your calls, but they do interpret, and in doing so interwork, the protocols that set up and manage your conversations.

In that sense, gateways render the impossible possible. But that’s not the whole story…

Gateways are great. That’s because they enable communications where otherwise, it would be impossible. Impossible that is other than by using something else. Funnily enough, that something else is often a monolithic PBX that is made to mimic the functions of a gateway. Less amusing is that such a solution is often far more expensive, and involves capital outlay on something inherently obsolete.

A couple of months ago, I wrote this blog about the demise of the PSTN. I wrote that people have been forecasting such an event for many years now; well over a decade.

That post was prompted by lots of pertinent news activity in Europe over the last 12 months or so. The newswires reported several telecom operators, including Deutsche Telekom, announcing their intention to terminate ISDN access.

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