VoIP Replaces Landlines and Mobile in 15 Years

Percentage of US households having a landline phone has dropped from 92% in 2004 to 43% in 2017.

VoIP Replaces Landlines and Mobile in 15 Years

Majority of telecommunications expert believe that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is to replace traditional landlines and even mobile calls in the next 10 to 15 years. Provision of VoIP services is gaining pace while landlines are on decline worldwide. It is only matter of time before customers realize that VoIP is more convenient and cheaper compare to mobile calls as well. The growing number of mobile VoIP devices that can give mobile phones a good run for their money will support the trend. Overall, VoIP replaces landlines all over the world, as a viable alternative to both household and corporate communications.

VoIP Replaces Landlines Everywhere

Fixed lines will survive for the near future but mostly as a backup option, experts believe. VoIP can work on any PC, tablet of smartphone, which makes it a natural choice for both personal and corporate communications. Although mobile calls are cheaper than foxed-lines, VoIP calls are even more affordable. This will fuel further shift toward VoIP services that provide inexpensive local and international calls.

Percentage of US households having a landline phone has dropped from 92% in 2004 to 43% in 2017.

Source: Statista

Nonetheless, it will take much longer time for VoIP to replace mobile phones. On the other hand, the VoIP industry has grown at an annual rate of over 17 percent in the past ten years. It suggests there is room for further expansion. Internet penetration is increasing all over the world and Internet bandwidth grows. This makes VoIP services a major contender for a leading position on the market for communication services.

Major Drivers of Change

As we said, it will take some time before VoIP replaces landlines but the trend is irreversible. Major drivers of change include constantly improving VoIP voice call quality. You should also take into account the availability of free added services such as email messaging, chat options, remote control, conferencing, and integration with numerous third-party services over VoIP.

While older users still stick to fixed-line telephony, younger households are looking for cheaper and mobile solutions that include VoIP phones. Also, there are still large areas where landlines are not available, mainly in Asia and Africa. A VoIP service is a natural choice for customers in these regions where no landlines are available but where mobile Internet is present.

VoIP Offers Unparalleled Control

VoIP replaces landlines also because it gives you unparalleled control over your voice communications. You can always check with whom and for how long you talked over a VoIP platform. You can use a public Wi-Fi service to connect your VoIP service in case your Internet service provider is down. Users make cheaper local and international calls and can have local numbers worldwide at the fraction of the cost of a landline.

Furthermore, you do not even need to configure, backup and update your software if you are using hosted VoIP. Your VoIP provider will take care of all the setup, configuration, and updates tasks.

Map of US states that do not support landlines anymore, 2018.

Source: CBS News

That is why some regions are gradually replacing landlines with alternative solutions such as VoIP. For instance, over a third of the states in the US, 20 states, have decided to cease support for landlines. This policy encourages telecommunication companies to develop VoIP and other alternatives instead.

Such alternatives include a number of innovative technologies that use VoIP for voice communications and transfer of data. Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and HDVoice are technologies that will define the future of personal and corporate communications as well as the future of VoIP services.

The introduction of 5G networks is gaining pace globally. The 5G standard offers ten times faster streaming of voice, video, and data compared to 4G networks, which will speed up the process of VoIP replacing landlines in more areas worldwide.