The V1 VoIP Class 4 Softswitch
V1 VoIP provides a high performance Class 4 Softswitch for both carrier and enterprise markets. Our Class 4 Softswitch secures the delivery of VoIP traffic or services over multiple IP networks and includes full component redundancy. It is a highly scalable solution for small or large businesses looking to interconnect their VoIP servers. A class 4 switch is used mainly by large telco providers to interconnect to the worldwide telco networks. For VoIP providers, a Class 4 Softswitch can replicate what a class 4 switch does for land line telephone calls.
What is a Class 4 Switch?
A class 4 switch is a computer device used by the U.S. telephone company to interconnect local exchange carrier offices for long distance calls. More commonly known as a Tandem telephone switch, it connects class 5 switches to a larger network. It is a telephone central office switch used to connect the end offices of telephone service networks together. Class 4 switches can only deal with high-speed digital four-wire connections.
Types of Class 4 Switches
There are two types of connection for a class 4 switch. One is called a sector, or local tandem which is used to interconnect to the traffic between class 5 switches within a local access and transport area (LATA). For example, a call is placed from Seattle to Boston. The calls travels through the class 5 switches and find out that it cannot access the Boston phone number through that network. It then connects to a class 4 switch which allows it to connect to another class 4 switch in Boston. It then again connects to a class 5 switch in the local area the phone number is located to complete the call.
Another type of connection for a class 4 switch is called an access tandem switch. This is when a class 4 switch connects to a long-distance telephone company, also known as an Interexchange carrier (IXCs). Much like a local tandem, the same process is repeated but the call travels overseas through the point of presence (PoP) provided by an IXC. It then gains access to the class 4 switches in other countries and can interconnect to the one it needs to reach.
Benefits of a Class 4 Softswitch:
1. Intelligent Call Routing – Uses sophisticated algorithms to reduce cost, latency, congestion, and improve the overall quality of VoIP calls
2. Easy to use User Interface – Provides a simple user interface for local or remote control management of maintenance, configuration, monitoring resources, software updates, firewall management, etc. Choose between a web based GUI or a command line interface
3. Billing Interface – Overview of services provided including Call Data Records (CDRs)
4. External Routing APIs – Fully control routing through the use of applications with an integrated SVI in the existing infrastructure
5. Security Features – Integrated Firewall, password and user name protection, secure external protocols, and reports of any unauthorized access
V1 VoIp provides a class 5 VoIP switch which includes all the features required for the implementation of multiple VoIP services. The Class 5 Softswitch is a carrier grade softswitch solution, provided with functionality to make it one of the most secure Class 5’s available. Provided with all the features you’d expect with a Class 5 Softswitch such as Voice Announcements and Voicemail, the V1 VoIP switch is ideal for companies looking to provide VoIP services, either via direct connections or working with PBX systems. This platform enables service providers to build scalable and reliable VoIP services which can range from small single server deployments to cluster solutions handling thousands of concurrent sessions.
Some awesome features of the V1 VoIP class 5 switch incldue:
* A highly scalable SIP and H323 softswitch with integrated billing
* Class 5 features included, follow-me, call forwarding, Voicemail and more
* VoIP tunnel technology, allows for Making/Receiving calls even behind VoIP blockades
* A Calling card platform with IP IVR including pin or pin-less scenarios
* Callback solution supports all types of triggering methods: SMS, missed-call, web Callback
* Web Callshop interface
* Web self-care portal for end users and support for Online payments
* SMS features for both wholesale and retail services, using HTTP, SIP and SMPP protocols
* Mobile SIP for Symbian, Windows Mobile, IPhone, Android and BlackBerry users
* Windows communicator with Instant Messaging, SMS, Voicemail and many other modules
* Multi-tenant, multi-user IP PBX platform for offering hosted services
* Instant messenger functionality, XMPP protocol support, presence, chat, file transfer
* Unified messaging, Voicemail/SMS forwarding to SMS or email, Voicemail transcriptions.
* Calls recording.
* and our new FAX Module, allows to send/receive fax via emails, portals or in tradicional way.
The V1 VoIP class 5 softswitch is a Carrier Grade with an in-built Session Border Controller. It offers comprehensive Class 5 features, has approval from major international Operators and includes a white-labelled subscriber web portal. Contact a member of the V1 VoIP team today for a FREE demo of our class 5 softswitch.
The V1 VoIP Class 5 softswitch offers a carrier-grade platform for business and residential VoIP routing. It can also provide other VoIP phone services such as call waiting call, call transferring, call holding, and call forwarding. V1 VoIP’s class 5 softswitch is intended for end users requiring local and long distance VoIP telephony services.
What is a Class 5 Softswitch?
A class 5 switch is a telephone routing exchange that serves as an access server or media gateway for VoIP calls. Physical switchboards had previously been used to route phone calls, but due to advances in the telecommunication industry, software has been developed to route telephone calls via the internet. The switch connects the calling client to the intended called client through the user of an IP network and the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) from a local telephone company location. When a call goes through the access server from a traditional phone line it is converted into a digital signal capable of traveling through IP traffic. The call is then sent over the internet to the desired device and is either converted back into analog format (if the called device is also a traditional landline phone) or remains digital (if the called device is a VoIP enabled phone) connecting both users. The process of changing analog signal to digital and back is used to connect traditional phones with VoIP enable phones to support devices for VoIP calling.
The V1 VoIP Class 5 softswitch platform is powered by PortaOne and is based on open interfaces and protocols. Any resesller or wholesale agent can augment its revenues easily by offering services such as wholesale voice and SMS termination, calling card (phone-to-phone), callback, broadband phone calling: all made available through a class 5 softswitch.
The difference between the V1 VoIP Class 5 softswitch and a class 4 softswitch is that our Class 5 primarily deals with subscription type telephone services and route calls through local areas. The V1 VoIP Class 4 softswitch routes calls through international networks and then hands off the information to a Class 5 in the local area for the call to complete. Our Class 5 softswitch allows residential VoIP service providers the ability to offer a wide variety of IP phone services to their customers. It is a complete solution that includes call routing, billing, DID assignment, auto-provisioning, e-commerce, and invoicing, all in one easy-to-use package.
And yes, V1 VoIP also offers a Class 4 softswitch.
Want to take a free demo of the V1 VoIP Class 5 softswitch? Contact a member of the V1 VoIP team today and they will schedule a time for you to see the power of our state-of-the-art technology!
Softswitches are software-based platforms that organize and route telephone calls virtually. For our resellers, V1 VoIP offers both Class 4 and Class 5 softswitches.
What exactly is a softswitch and what does it do?
A VoIP softswitch routes calls rather than a traditional PTSN calls. It is a central device in a telecommunications network which connects telephone calls from one phone line to another, across a telecommunication network or the public Internet, entirely by means of software running on a general-purpose computer system. If you are wondering what the difference and capabilities between a Class 4 softswitch and a Class 5 softswitch are, allow V1 VoIP to explain:
Class 4 Softswitch
The Class 4 softswitch routes calls over long distances, for example between Seattle and New York. A Class 4 switch routes large volumes of traffic including all the traffic between various Class 5 areas.
Class 5 Softswitch
A Class 5 softswitch routes calls between end-users or consumers in relatively small areas such as a single city, town or even small state like Delaware. Even a small country can be operated by a Class 5 softswitch. Class 5 softswitch platforms are best suited to residential areas and small home offices. Therefore, VoIP and telecom service providers that wish to sell telecom service to residential customers use a Class 5 switch to do so.
If you have questions about which softswitch will work best for your business, please contact member of the V1 VoIP team. We will be happy to hear about your VoIP business and help you decide which softswitch will help your service grow.