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.
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.
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!