Genband Unveils Framework for Accelerating PSTN to IP Transition

June 11, 2014 By Karen Henry

red phone energy-manageThe thousands of central offices that power the public switched telephone network (PSTN) in the United States use more than 12 billion kwh of power every year. Genband unveiled a global IP network transformation initiative designed to reduce the energy costs required to power the PSTN yesterday during its Perspectives 14 Customer and Partner Summit in Orlando, Fla.

Genband is part of a larger consortium focused on cost-effective PSTN phase-out options and new approaches for supporting network modernization that would, among other things, reduce energy and water usage costs by 70 percent.

PSTN has far surpassed its 25-year life expectancy and costs millions of dollars in energy to operate. Advancements in IP technology have made PSTN unnecessary in its current form; however, because more than one billion people globally, and the majority of all businesses, currently rely on PSTN, the there is a need for a transformed ubiquitous public network that will provide robust and reliable service.

Genband’s Perspectives14 Customer and Partner Summit will also feature a panel discussion addressing the unsustainable power costs behind the PSTN, the benefits offered through IP transition and innovative approaches for migrating networks to newer technology.

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