There is some confusion in the industry today, as WebRTC has emerged as a viable IP-based (Internet Protocol) communications solution alongside traditional voice and video over Internet Protocol (V.VoIP). With strong industry backing, WebRTC is now heavily promoted. Are these technologies complementary or competitive? Can they coexist, and how can such coexistence benefit the end user? What are the use cases for each, and where is there overlap?
WebRTC and V.VoIP both aim to enhance the user experience and enable any consumer device to seamlessly connect from anywhere and on any network. But while V.VoIP over the past decade has been deployed in different variants such as VoIP over DSL/cable modem, voice over Wi-Fi/3G (VoWiFi/3G), voice over LTE (VoLTE), and Rich Communication Suite (RCS), WebRTC primarily is focused on browser-based communications.
WebRTC is an extension of V.VoIP to the browser world. It can reuse the existing V.VoIP infrastructure with incremental upgrades. This is good news for V.VoIP, as adoption of WebRTC only serves to increase overall V.VoIP proliferation.
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