Whether you are familiar with technological jargon or not, there are some things that you need to have a comprehensive understanding of, especially as the future of society becomes ever more reliant on technical developments.
One of the most game-changing developments in the field of communications technologies is undoubtedly VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol.
Simply put, VoIP is a method of delivering voice communication and multimedia over IP networks (such as the internet) as opposed to a public switched telephone network.
Many of you will have likely used VoIP technology over the last decade. Skype is one of the most frequently used and well-known VoIP technologies and became a revolutionary method of communicating over IP networks.
Becoming a major player in the consumer market in 2004, VoIP services utilized the fact that most people in the developed world had access to broadband internet. Services allowed subscribers to place and receive telephone calls in a similar fashion to a public switched telephone network. The only difference was that voice communications and multimedia was sent and received digitally as opposed to analogue.
By 2008, 80% of private lines installed internationally used VoIP technology, with this percentage growing every year.
But what are the benefits of VoIP? Why are people all around the world switching from the old public switched telephone networks to this new modern form of communication?
Firstly, VoIP is considerably cheaper than PSTN systems. Where telephone calls to other countries around the world used to cost extortionate amounts, VoIP systems allow calls to almost anywhere in the world for no charge. All that is required of the receiver and the sender is an internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone.
VoIP also allows for a comprehensive multimedia service. Alongside voice communications, instant messages can be sent and received, video calls can be made and multimedia files can be transferred. Due to the demand for widespread telecommunications, VoIP has become the most popular method due to its functionalities.
One of the most important factors that has led to the popularity of VoIP services is the fact that it allows for portable communications. A landline phone requires you to remain virtually stationary during the call, where as a VoIP service allows the use to keep the same number wherever they are in the world. They can be contacted on this number internationally, provided they have internet connection. This has been key to many industries and business individuals, who can remain contactable despite the remoteness of their location.
Perhaps the most inspired function of VoIP services is that they permit the integration of other IP applications such as email, social networking, instant messages and web browser. This means that VoIP services become a base for an individual’s entire method of communications on all platforms.
Finally, VoIP services offer user customization; a valuable tool in a world where everyone wants a unique and efficient communications experience. From personalised ring tone options to speed dial and click-to-call functions, VoIP is at the behest of the users every demand.