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December 18, 2012

WebRTC Rapidly Replacing VoIP as Go-To Communications Technology

There was a time when everyone thought that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) was thought to be the next big thing when it came to real-time communications over the Internet. VoIP has even managed to pick up quite a bit of market share when you consider programs like Skype and Vonage. There are still quite a few people and enterprise companies that turn to VoIP whenever they need to do quick, fast and cost-effective long distance communication. There is also an upstart when it comes to communication over the Internet, and Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is growing in popularity rather quickly.

Perhaps the easiest way to tell just how big WebRTC is about to become is just how many formats the technology is spreading to. Google has been one of the first and best-used browsers when it comes to WebRTC. Google is not resting on its laurels, announcing on the company blog just after the WebRTC conference that it will be working on updates to its home-grown API. One of the best things about the WebRTC build for Chrome is that it doesn’t require any special add-ons. It is basically an out of-the-box solution for people wanting better Web communications right through their browser.

Acme Packet is doing Google one better when it comes to providing top-of-the-line solutions to multivendor IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks. This kind of giant step forward is what the WebRTC platform needs in order to truly become a solution that businesses are going to turn to over the now old reliable VoIP.

Of course, for this new platform to truly take off, it is going to need to have mobile support. Tokbox has got this covered with its new OpenTok solution. This is actually a WebRTC program that can operate by allowing someone to use a Web browser and a mobile device. The iPad is just one of the devices where WebRTC has become readily available. Now that this relatively new technology seems to have a foothold in the tablet market, there is little doubt that it is only going to grow.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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