For years the way Telecommunications Interconnection took place was traditionally an unregulated monopolistic activity either controlled by the state or via large Service Providers (SPs) with vested interests in maintaining the status quo.
The advent of new mass market broadband technologies in the mid to late 1990s via Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) and Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL), brought new forms of local access to residential, business and enterprise markets. These technologies allowed much faster data services at more reasonable costs to the end user, in turn making it easier for integrated voice and data access using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
Over the last few years, it has become less common to have an interconnect management capability in-house. Due to the rapid evolution of cloud technologies and the progressive break-down of interconnect disciplines into their constituent parts, it is now more efficient to be able to call in resources to manage the interconnect set-up and management processes. There is generally no longer the need to own the costs and manage the issues around ownership of your own interconnect service.
SmartIPX is in transition to a full Interconnect as a Service (IaaS) environment, where rapid deployment, reliability and upgrade will become a de facto standard. This opens up a wealth of service possibilities not feasible under more traditional “stove pipe” interconnect scenarios.
For a more detailed look at IXaaS and how SmartIPX is using this technology, download our White Paper (PDF)