Internet Protocol-based networks are the way of the future and are set to become mainstream within five years, according to analysts IDC.
Emilia Wasiak, market analysis, communications for IDC, said IP-based services such as IP virtual private networks (VPNs) and voice over IP (VoIP) are very much in their early stages in Australia.
"However, these sort of technologies offer companies between 40 to 70 per cent reduction on costs."
With data traffic expected to surpass voice traffic in the coming years, Wasiak said most businesses were ready for IP-VPN and VoIP but had a specific interest in unified messaging.
"Everything in the future will be based on IP and more and more businesses are expressing an interest in it."
In a recent WAN managers' survey by IDC, Australia led the pack in terms of the current adoption of IP-VPN services.
Of a survey of 900 organisation across the Asia-Pacific region, 66 per cent of respondents said they were yet to subscribe to IP-VPN services, 15 per cent were using the service, 9 per cent were planning to subscribe to the service within the next six months and 10 per cent beyond the six-month period.
Concerns holding companies back included network security and reliability as opposed to pure budgetary constraints.