What is VoIP? VoIP is the Voice over Internet Protocol.
What is VoIP? The Voice over Internet Protocol enables you to use your IP network to make phone calls. However, it is not just used for phone calls, it is used for general voice communications over the internet.
How does VoIP work? VoIP works differently to ordinary telephone communications. This is because the traditional way of making telephone call utilises something called circuit switching. Instead of circuit switching, VoIP converts your voice into little packets of data and then they travel on a route of several routers, to reach their destination.
Who uses VoIP? VoIP is beginning to be used in a lot of business. This is because it is considered cheap. Microsoft is using VoIP for their ‘Xbox’ live service. Enabling customers to be able to talk through a headset to each other. However, they do charge a small fee for the service. Skype also use VoIP. Skype is used by 20% of American businesses.
Corporate use of VoIP Several businesses are now switching from copper wired telephone to VoIP. This is to reduce the monthly phone costs.
Disadvantages of VoIP There is one factor that is preventing VoIP from really taking off. This is the fact that it is less reliable than the traditional switched circuit method of telephone communications. This is because some parts of the packet, that the voice is sent in can be lost. Resulting in a small bit of jittering and low sound quality.