The progression of international phone conferencing
The Progression of International
•Years ago, making an international conference call was a quite
pricey. Since technology wasn’t at its peak, it lacked in quality
which made it difficult to conduct business around the world.
•Back in the mid-1900’s when audio conferencing was first
introduced across international lines, a live operator was
•Today, due to all the changes in technology that have taken
place, international phone conferencing has changed for the
•To connect to a call, users simply dial into a specified phone
number given to them and then enter an access code for an
immediate connection to others around the world.
*In addition, an operator is no longer required.
•Over the years, overseas calls have drastically
improved due to the technology that is now
• In fact, the clarity has improved so much that
you may feel as if other members on the call
are in the next room no matter where they are
•This improved quality is due to technological
advances, such as fiber optic cables and faster
transmission speeds to reduce sound delays
and create clearer calls.
•MP3 technology has made a major impact on
recording capabilities for audio conferencing.
•These compressed audio files don’t take up as
much space and offer incredible clarity.
• In some cases, you will be able to
automatically record all your international
conference calls and save them in this high
quality format to use for on-demand listening
at your convenience.
•You can distribute the call to attendees at the conference to provide
them with a recording they can listen to as needed to ensure they get the
most out of the call.
•In addition to these uses, the recordings can also be transcribed/
interpreted or even translated to best meet your needs.
•You can even share it with other people who would benefit from the
information or place it on your website for public use.
Call Access Improvements
•One of the greatest improvements to audio
conferencing is that it no longer requires an
operator to log in first to handle all the
•Instead, the attendees are given the
time/date of the call, a toll-free number to dial
in to along with an access code needed to join.
•This is all the information that is needed to
access the conference call.
•To attend, they only need to call the number,
follow the prompts to enter the access code
and gain an immediate connection to everyone
else on the call.
Call Access Improvements
•The “dial out” features allows the person who
started the call to dial out and add people to
•This can be a useful feature in a variety of
situations, including when attendees are
located in a country that does not support toll-
free calling or when an important attendee
fails to show up to the conference.
•Some systems will also allow organizers to
schedule dial-outs to specific numbers at a
designated time, automatically bringing people
into the call at the right moment.
•This feature prevents forgotten calls and thus,
lower calling rates.
Reduced Calling Costs
•At one time, it was incredibly expensive to
make an international conference call, often
$10 per minute or more.
•As technology improved and there was an
increase in competition in the audio
conferencing markets, international call rates
•Many countries are charging $0.10 or less,
with most of them with rates under $1 per
Built-in Call Management
•Today, an international conference call may
even be held over the Internet, providing you
with extra call management features.
•If conference calls are a common part of your
routine, you can set up a schedule of recurring
calls: choose participants who attend your
audio conference calls the most, and input
their phone numbers.
•With some conference calling plans, you can
even make call reservations, schedule calls or
set up calls on-demand.
•The advances in technology have had a positive impact on
how people communicate today, both online and offline,
particularly with international conference calling.
•With the improvements in transmission speeds, quality, cost
reduction, access simplicity, integrated account management
and various calling features, conference calls have taken on
an entirely new meaning.
•Taking advantage of these changes will ensure that your
business can reach a global audience, enhancing your ability
to grow and succeed.
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