Sprint Starts Conversion To Packet-Switched Network

from the welcome-to-the-twenty-first-century dept

Sprint today became the first of the big-name US carriers to begin converting their circuit-switched networks to packet-switched networks. Of course, this is going to take some time – and they don’t expect to complete the conversion for another 12 to 15 years. The amazing thing to me was that it took them this long to get started. For years, people have known that this was the way the technology was heading. This is their first step in being able to offer things like voice-over-IP and the various enhanced services that would allow. The question that remains to be seen, though, is how much control they’re going to look to exert over the system – and how much they’ll allow other people to hook into their network.

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