Experts suggest that VoIP could soon replace traditional landlines

Experts suggest that VoIP could soon replace traditional landlines

The numerous advantages that come with using voice over internet protocol (VoIP) could soon see it not only overtake landlines in popularity, but could actually render it obsolete altogether.

That is the verdict of Marco Fiorentino – the co-founder of a new internet-based telecoms service Messagenet.

Speaking to Mobile News, Mr Fiorentino suggested that the shift in preference from the landline to an internet-based service could happen within the next ten to 15 years.

One of the main ways in which the Italian believes VoIP will take off is through the replacing of phone numbers with web links.

He added: “We think that fixed-lines will be around for some time but there is no question that there is going to be a slow substitution of traditional fixed-line or voice calls on mobile with this type of application. But it’s going to be a very long process.”

There are a number of factors that are responsible for lengthening the process, not least the fact that businesses often need to undergo various considerations before implementing such technology, such as whether they have adequate broadband limits.

Firms also need to consider whether VoiP is a practical use of their resources, with the added vulnerability that comes with full dependence on a solid broadband connection remaining a significant stumbling block in terms of adoption for many users.

However, adoption rates have still been steady, with Crains Detroit recently reporting that 79 per cent of American businesses are using VoIP in at least one of their locations – a dramatic rise on the 42 per cent recorded five years ago.

Smaller enterprises have been particularly keen to adopt such technology as it is a low-cost way of making them more competitive in what is still a relatively difficult financial climate. There is even no need to worry about maintenance, as such concerns are dealt with by an external workforce.