Over the past few years, VoIP has greatly matured as a technology. This week, we’ll take a look at some of the things you can keep an eye out for in the near future.

Landlines will continue to make way for mobile

The decision that people have made to replace their landlines with more portable, mobile options hasn’t – and won’t – dissipate anytime soon. In some European markets, mobile has penetrated nearly 100% of the market.

In trying to keep up with these ongoing trends, Network technology is rapidly improving by offering applications that can make VoIP an attractive endpoint for corporate partners. This year, it is estimated that nearly 288 million mobile users will be deploying VoIP in a mobile capacity.

Making the move to all-IP networks

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years of phone numbers going the way of the do-do. Yes- that means no more phone numbers and the possibility of an IP or username given to every phone user. In the short term, security is a massive concern, but companies are racing to try to address those concerns. While this trend is likely to emerge further out in the future, over 40% of businesses will have employed VoIP in their businesses, meaning big changes to how we communicate will be here sooner rather than later.

Move away from BYOD

57% of workplace employees use their own devices in the workplace these days, but expect that number to begin a gradual decline. Why? Security issues. Simply put, BYOD’s are not outfitted to the security needs of a company network, making them high-risk devices. To compound the issue, BYOD fraud cases are EXTREMELY expensive and can cost up to $50,000 depending on the breech. Expect companies to begin to scale back and depend more on VoIP enabled mobile devices for company communications.

 

With a whole slew of new technologies and significant attention from groups like the FCC, 2014 will be an interesting year as far as emerging VoIP trends are concerned. Look out for a budding connection between the old school and new as VoIP gains new ground in the competition between it and traditional telephone services.