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VoIP Switch - VoLTE Networks Supercharge VoIP Functionality

May 29, 2014


The increased availability, coverage and power of LTE (News - Alert) networks have done more than just facilitate data delivery for mobile device users. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems are able to translate traditional analog phone signals into highly efficient data packets, which use much lower bandwidth and as a result are able to reduce the cost of making a phone call. When the two technologies are combined, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) phone systems allow unprecedented support for VoIP  and mobile VoIP phone networks, and according to Admire Moyo of IT Web Business, VoLTE is one of the leading contributors to the VoIP market.

Already in the first quarter of 2014, worldwide service provider VoIP and IMS equipment revenue reached $922 million in revenue, according to a report from Infonetics (News - Alert) Research. This represents an increase of 37 percent from the same period in 2013.

One of the key reasons why VoLTE is such a benefit for the VoIP market is because it facilitates mobile VoIP technology. One of the main criticisms of VoIP phone systems in the past was the fact that they simply could not deliver the same quality of voice as traditional phone systems could, largely due to the slower Internet speeds of the past. Now that Internet speeds have increased so substantially in so little time, VoIP is an excellent solution for both business and residential phone systems.

However, mobile Internet technology is still rather patchy, and mobile VoIP suffers from many of the same problems. Thankfully, increasingly powerful LTE networks seem to be closing the gap in many of the same ways that faster broadband Internet revolutionized non-mobile VoIP phone systems.

Mobile VoIP offers consumers a new way to use mobile phones, where features like texting, calling and data can all be rolled into a single data plan as opposed to paying for all three as a separate service. This would mean much lower price points for customers, and the carriers that are able to provide this first will be at the forefront of a new surge of customers who want more phone service for less money.

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Intro to Basic System Features

Accounts Overview
An account is a logical entity usually representing some logical or physical end point in the VoIP network.

Customers are logical entities in the system for which invoices will be generated. They may be termination partners, resellers of a service, or a virtual .

Tariffs and Rates
Tariff is logical entity in the system, which represents rules for rating and billing calls made by Account or Customer to which this Tariff has been assigned.

Balance and Credit Limit
In addition to Tariff, each Customer or Account, except Root Customer, has those two basic rating/billing parameters associated with it – Balance and Credit Limit.

Intro to Advanced System Features

On-Net Routing
On-Net Routing is the feature that allows placing calls from one account in the system to another account in the system.

Ability to Charging On-Net (Account-to-Account) Calls
In some cases it might be necessary to charge either caller or callee or both for the on-net call based on per-minute rate.

Automatic Database Backup
The Softswitch includes the system which allows performing automatic backup of the database periodically.

Ability to Get exchange rate using external script
Exchange rates can be set using external custom script.

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