Most IP voice networks grow by acquisition, which can mean inheriting legacy systems that require significant upgrades. Bandwidth.com built FlexNetwork at a fraction of the cost compared to IP voice networks built earlier in the decade.
By building its own network, FlexNetwork can feature the latest IP voice technologies, such as HD Voice. What's HD Voice? It's a high-quality voice service that takes away some of the quality issues that encumber traditional VoIP services.
Here's a video that explains HD Voice and Phonebooth, its cloud-based telephony service.
Application developers in the new world of Voice 2.0 may be the biggest winners with the FlexNetwork. These service providers often need the network to uniquely support what they're building. Most network providers simply aren't that flexible. Serving application developers is working out pretty well. The network is now on pace to deliver almost four billion minutes and one million numbers this year.
The savings for a small business can be significant with VoIP. FlexNetwork looks like it could be quite a disruptive force in the telecommunications market by providing a service that is reliable, more affordable and a haven for application developers.