A recent study released by In-Stat suggests that nearly 79% of all businesses will deploy VoIP by 2013; a 37% increase over the 42% of businesses having migrated to VoIP by the end of 2009. What is the cause of such a rapid influx in corporate VoIP migration? According to experts in the IP telecommunications field the forecasted growth has more to do with declining business expansion and the potential to boost efficiencies and cost savings in current business locations.
The economical ebbs and flows of the last half decade have resulted in fewer businesses opening new locations and instead investing more time and resources into bolstering the efficiencies of their primary enterprises. In focusing their attention on existing resources US business owners have found that in order to maximize their investment, while protecting their current capital, they must examine ways to limit their budget – without sacrificing essentials. VoIP telephony allows businesses to realize the potentials of a fully functioning corporate telecommunications system without over extending their capital spending.
In response to the increased use of VoIP in US business, In-Stat reported the following in their market research study, “US Business VoIP Overview: Optimization Trumps Expansion”.

• 33% of businesses that have already deployed VoIP solutions report that recent economic conditions have caused them to slow additional deployment plans, compared to 30% reporting no change in plans.
• Broadband IP Telephony revenues continue to grow and will more than double by 2013, compared to 2008. This growth will be fueled by single-user applications among increasingly distributed and mobile workforces.
Given that more businesses are foregoing opening new locations, and instead either contracting remote workers or enhancing the capabilities of their main business locations, VoIP provides a logical solution in the desire to minimize spending while maximizing efficiency. Since Broadband use in businesses has more than doubled in recent years it only makes sense that businesses would gravitate towards an Internet based telecommunications system.

• Prior to deploying a VoIP solution it is recommended that businesses first perform a complete network analysis to ensure that the existing network is able to support voice and data traffic, as well as a rapid increase of bandwidth.
• Invest in a high-quality network router, anti-virus and firewall applications to enhance network security.

Key Considerations:
• 72% of all US businesses will deploy a VoIP solution by 2013.
• VoIP allows employees and mobile workers from around the world instant access to corporate communications systems from any location that maintains Broadband Internet connectivity.
• IP telephony is provides even smaller organizations with the same telecommunications features as Fortune 500 enterprises, for a low monthly flat-rate.
• Internet based communications systems greatly improve efficiency and overall collaboration.

The Bottom Line:
Migrating to a VoIP telecommunications platform allows business to realize the full potential of a corporate communications system while minimizing their on-going capital expenditures. IP telephony is the most established method of bolstering business efficiency and increasing both productivity and collaboration.