Triple play is a relatively new phrase in the telecom world and whether you are a business or and individual consumer it still can apply to you. Triple play is a term used for the bundling of Voice, data and TV (cable) on one platform, and in some cases you can even add wireless service, depending on who your carrier is. Historically these services were delivered separately, each with their own costs and invoices.
Today you have the option in your home or office of buying Local phone service (with Long Distance included), Internet bandwidth and TV all in a single package at steeply discounted prices. This is actually one of the main benefits to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. When the Act was implemented, different vendors, each selling limited and very well defined product sets, sold each of these services separately. The significance of the Act was that it opened up all the services to competition and now we are seeing the benefits to this deregulation.
For instance, your provider can now offer these services A La Carte or in a single bundle, however you need them. If you only need one service, that is not a problem. Later you can add internet or maybe even a local phone line; the choice is yours. Cable, wireless and local telephone service providers are all offering these bundled solutions to their customers. This provides users with many choices and the competition is fierce.
Advantages for Your Business
In addition to the previously mentioned triple play, businesses can now have all services delivered over a single circuit. Gone are the days of needing a local PRI, long distance T1, Internet T1 and a data circuit; now you can get all these services provisioned over a single circuit. Having voice, Internet and MPLS services converged over a single circuit greatly reduces cost.
Another benefit is that in-house IT staff can specify traffic priority based on your individual needs. Additionally, these classes of service are dynamic, meaning your IT staff can re-prioritize as your needs change. It also allows instant rerouting of traffic in the event of a disaster.
Over the last few years’ converged services have really taken off and with the emergence of cloud services, this growth is only going to accelerate.
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