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Survey reveals interest in IP convergence growing

Mobility and flexibility in communications are driving the increasing enterprise convergence of multiple voice and ...


June 6, 2005  


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Mobility and flexibility in communications are driving the increasing enterprise convergence of multiple voice and data networks into one based on new Internet Protocol (IP) technologies, according to a survey of 300 members of the International Nortel Networks User Association (INNUA).

The survey, analyzed by Webtorials, indicated that 85% of respondents have already started to converge or have plans to converge voice and data networks within the next five years, while 46% have fully deployed or are in the process of deploying a converged network.

This is a 6% increase over the 79% of respondents in last year’s survey. As well, 64% of survey respondents indicated that the greatest benefits of convergence are mobility and flexibility for employees.

“Nortel’s survey suggests that enterprises recognize the value of business benefits possible through deploying mobility solutions for anywhere, anytime access to communication services,” said Malcolm Collins, president, of Nortel’s enterprise networks division.

“Mobility powers creativity and productivity in a wide variety of ways, such as providing opportunities for employees to sharpen skills through distance learning programs or allowing employees to work from remote locations, and stay connected with customers, partners and suppliers, which may help improve profitability.”

The continued move to a converged voice, data and video network mirrors what we’re seeing in the industry as a whole,” said Steve Taylor, president, of Webtorials.

“It’s also noteworthy that the percentage of respondents that don’t have any plans to converge dropped by about a quarter – from 21% a year ago to only 15% this year,” he said.