Voice Over Internet Protocol, or commonly referred to as, VoIP or Voice Over IP, is a different take on how communication is done. It uses special technologies to deliver voice communications and other multimedia sessions over your location’s Internet Protocol (IP) to provide a 100% digital & secure phone service. VoIP is used as a cost effective alternative to the traditional copper line phone and has been recognized as one of the most successful technologies in recent history. Over 80% of all new Private Branch Exchange lines installed were using VoIP technology.
An advantage to VoIP are the Long-term savings it provides users. VoIP provides a long list of standard features that do not cost to add-on while providing better quality and reliable service. For businesses, VoIP is preferred due to its flexibility in where you are able to communicate. Due to VoIP relying on a sole internet connection, users are able to communicate through computers and mobile devices with ease.
Bandwidth efficiency is a key selling point for VoIP. Not only does VoIP require minimal usage, the total bandwidth is not being utilized at all times. It has been estimated that roughly 50% of a voice conversation is silence. VoIP technology fills this ‘empty’ space with silent data. In simple terms, this means a user is not given bandwidth when it is not needed and is instead dispersed to other consumers to improve efficiency. This allows VoIP to be used on even the most basic internet connections saving businesses and individuals even more money per month by not requiring an expensive internet plan. In general, VoIP phone calls require 90 kbps to 156 kbps to provide the best call clarity.