Posted on March 21, 2012 by admin
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has existed for several years, but in the early stages, it was mostly experimental. It was a curiosity with a lot of potential, but the lack of widespread broadband in domiciles prevented it from catching on. The initial lack of quality prevented it from being used by businesses, which required the top-notch call quality available.
In addition, the technology of the Internet during that time just wasn’t ready for it. Since IP (Internet Protocol) was more of a prototype technology, it wasn’t designed initially with voice in mind. But the ball has been set in motion. New protocols have been created to ensure voice quality equivalent to that of analogous PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) from the beginning of Ma-Bell, and broadband has become commonplace. VoIP has emerged as a legitimate substitute for the traditional phone system with immense potential to reduce costs just by using a single IP network for both data and voice applications. With call quality equivalent to or even rivaling traditional PSTN lines, and the obvious cost savings, no wonder individuals and business organizations are switching over to VoIP lines.
But cost is not the only factor making VoIP the poster boy of the telecom marketplace. Unrelenting refinements in standards and technology have led network managers to implement VoIP as a part of a wide-ranging communications transformation.
The introduction of mass-market VoIP services and seamless conjecture of traditional phone system and VoIP has further fortified its stand in the current market arena. VoIP is feature rich, and because it is just another computer application, developers have been able to create and implement many new functions that were never before possible. Furthermore, integration between telephony and the computer is at an all-time high, giving businesses the ability to realize incredible efficiencies. The potential for VoIP has now been realized, as full service VoIP vendors have stepped up to deliver a wide range of value-added applications and services for their customers.
Reacting to this paradigm shift of communication, business organizations are now migrating from traditional telephone systems to VoIP systems. One classic example is ditching Verizon and switching to Vonage. While some businesses may be reluctant to abandon an existing investment in traditional telephony, new businesses see VoIP as the obvious choice and existing businesses that are seeing the depreciable end of their existing equipment are opting for a VoIP replacement.
Organizations now have a wide array of choices in telecom equipment and services, and the best thing about VoIP is that they do not have to undergo huge changes in their communications network or shell out huge amounts of money for new equipment and infrastructure. VoIP can be proactively retrofitted into a company’s existing system without interrupting the business flow. It works with the existing data network and a seamless transition can be made almost instantly.
VoIP technology, unlike the traditional phone technology which uses circuit switching over copper lines, makes use of the packet-switching capabilities over the internet to provide phone service. As such, your VoIP telephone service becomes like any other computer program, and it can be enhanced and imbued with many new features, functions and virtual call centers that were never before attainable. And this is precisely what puts it on the top of the technological pyramid of telecommunications and made it superior to the traditional phone system.
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