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.