The Real (Estate) Value of Softswitches
The logic goes like this: A single softswitch can replace traditional telephone equipment in dozens of central offices, many of which sit on prime city sites. Selling off that real estate could raise a heck of a lot of money.
Softswitch vendor Veraz Networks says it knows of a big carrier that has conducted a study and come to the conclusion that real estate issues make the business case compelling for migration to next-generation networks.
The carrier in question, which Veraz declines to identify, hasn't gone ahead with the project, because it's government-owned and the consolidation of so many central offices would result in an embarrassingly large number of redundancies.
It's unclear whether it's wholly or partially government-owned, so it could be any number of operators. If you think you know, please use the message board to tell the world.
— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading