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GENBAND Uncovers the Key to PSTN to IP Transition Through Reduced Power Consumption

June 10, 2014

Leading multimedia and cloud communications developer GENBAND unveiled that it had been working on a global IP network transportation initiative, aimed at reducing the costs associated with transitioning from a Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to an IP-based phone network. Maintaining the copper-wire based PSTN network involves more than 12 billion kilowatt hours of electrical power every year in the United States alone. This power consumption is equal to that used by over one million homes in any given year, and the CO2 emissions alone match the output of more than two million cars. With GENBAND's new IP framework, energy usage could be reduced by around 70 percent while CO2 emissions would drop by about 40 percent annually, resulting in a far more efficient system overall.

IP phone networks translate traditional analog phone signals into highly-compressed packets of data, which take up much less bandwidth and are much easier to send in high volumes. Additionally, Voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems use far less infrastructure in doing so. These advantages combine to deliver higher quality phone systems to customers at a much lower rate.

“Given the advancements in IP technology,” states GENBAND Chairman and CEO David Walsh, “we no longer need the costly PSTN in its current form, but we do need a transformed public network – one that will provide consumers and businesses the services they are accustomed to while also ensuring the same reliability and ubiquity that the PSTN has afforded the world over the last 100 years.”

Additionally, the GENBAND IP framework offers the infrastructure to provide feature-rich voice and even video transmissions along the same networks. Furthermore, the condensed infrastructure is expected to be able to reduce real-estate needs by up to 85 percent, which both reduces costs and frees up more space for better public uses. Ultimately, converting from the PSTN to an IP-based network would result in lower costs, better phone service, and an overall cleaner environment to enjoy the world with.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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