The time for PSTN Transformation is now

Eddy Vergauwen
Eddy Vergauwen

Guest post by Eddy Vergauwen, Fixed Networks Services Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

We live in a digital world today.  With IoT and the number of connected devices growing exponentially every year, it’s hard to believe that operators still need to support traditional voice and PSTN (public switched telephone network) networks.

Looks can be deceiving, however.  Did you know that today there are approximately 700 million people still using PSTN services?

For operators, supporting these networks can be a challenge as high energy and maintenance costs combined with a declining customer base and aging technology quickly erode away potential voice revenue and margins.  Add to this the additional cost of running a parallel IP-based network and many service providers are quickly finding themselves in a scenario that is expensive to maintain and highly complex to move away from.

Luckily operators now have options that can help simplify transformation efforts, lower operating costs and increase the potential for new revenue opportunities through new IP service bundles. However, it takes a wealth of expertise to do successfully.

PSTN transformation is not a business as usual process and requires careful planning and design of both business and technical architectures to ensure a flawless execution that will lead to a first-time-right migration.  Success will in large part be tied to the experience operators or outsourced vendors have on both legacy PSTN and ultra-broadband networks.  It will also be closely linked to the business case established, methodologies leveraged and automation tools used to help define the most cost-efficient migration path that ensures zero end-user impact.

To learn more about the best practices and methods you can implement to successfully migrating your PSTN networks, come join Alcatel-Lucent and Ovum on Thursday, October 22 at the Broadband World Forum for the “Transforming PSTN – The Smart Way” session.  In this session, you’ll get unique insights on the state of the industry with regards to PSTN migration and see firsthand how other global operators are managing the transformation process.  You’ll also learn more about the various ways you can:

  • Lower migration costs by up to 50%
  • Minimize user outage time during migration from 20 minutes to 20 seconds
  • Migration 99% of end-users without experiencing any issues

We hope see you at the Broadband World Forum and that you’ll join us for this unique PSTN transformation session.


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