Introduction to VOIP Network
VoIP technology is quite dynamic in nature and it has potential to provide solutions for every layer of internet protocol network. IP was first invented for data communication over computer networks and to connect all the computers together forming one big gigantic network called Internet. The potential of Internet protocol in regard to vast possible applications led to voice communication networking called VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol. Due to the potential of Voice of Internet protocol, it has been one of the fasted growing industries in recent times when we talk about voice communication and telephony. There is lot of work going on using this technology and plenty of room is left to utilize to its full potential for obtaining efficiency and cost effect voice communication solutions.
Voice over IP and Mobile Communication
VoIP is also playing significant role in Mobile communication technologies and giving competitive edge in businesses between companies who have deployed VoIP services in their mobile network. You must have noticed in recent times about calling charges are way much more less than if you compare it with past, every thing else in getting expensive where as calls are getting cheaper and cheaper, it is all due to voice over internet protocol. With the help of VoIP networking; internationals calls are way much cheaper now and they cost almost as much as local calls, more and more free minutes are provided to get business benefits by different mobile companies to attract more consumer market.
Calling cards is another successful method for voice communication which uses VoIP networks. One can call any number in any where in the world at very less price with good voice quality by purchasing calling cards. The VoIP based services are easily available for residential and corporate sectors; voice communication can be made by PC to PC, PC to phone and phone to phone.
There are many other practical features of VoIP technology.
Features of Voice Over Internet Protocol
There are many features of VoIP in residential requirements as well in corporate and commercial sectors. The best feature for which VoIP was first invented and got known is making calls from one end of the world to the other end of the world with very nominal cost price. Broadband however is required for VoIP network to work. Subscribers of VoIP phones can take IP phones along with them any where in the world for staying in touch by cost effective communication back home.
Another useful feature for VoIP technology, it supports software phones as well, these are also called soft phones. Soft phones are basically software which interfaces exactly like phone on computer for communication. Using such soft phones one can make phone calls every where in the world, Soft phones are connected to VoIP network with help of broadband internet connections. Many VoIP service providers also provides features like regular telephony network like call waiting, call transfer, conference calling, caller Id, etc, there may be value added features like call filtering, call forwarding, sending calling directly to voice etc, such services might come with extra price by VoIP service providers. Voice over internet protocol provides may also provide features to check voice mail from remote location or sending email with attachments using internet.
All features of VoIP phones and components provided by VoIP services providers can vary from other VoIP service providers. Subscriber should be aware of what he is buying, they should also check the reputation of service providers and also look if they provide 24/7 subscriber support which can be useful for VoIP hardware and software configuration and other technicalities. Best of all the features which can make VoIP technology stands out with all other telephonic methodology and technologies is cost at which it comes, it cost a lot less to call thousands of miles from your location if you compare it from your landline numbers or regular mobile phone.
Usability of VoIP phones
Its not long ago when hardly any one knew about VoIP telephony setup and its usability, only industry related personals and researches were aware of this. Out of very limited companies Skype and Vonage are by far the biggest companies which provided VoIP telephony in almost every home. All the credit is for these two companies for the growth of VoIP. Skype and Vonage are by far the largest companies from telecommunication sector that have promoted the concept of Voice over internet protocol technology. Initially Cisco systems and Avaya had played important role in growth of IP telephonic system, these two companies open potential ways for other companies to join in and grow IP technology to even better levels. Residential subscriber list is increasing day by day for VoIP phones as well as corporate subscribers joining IP telephonic technology. Companies who have IP networks already are upgrading for support of VoIP telephony technology. That time may come soon when every home will have Voice over IP phone just as every home had regular mobile phones.
Working of VoIP technology
Internet Telephony is another name for Voice over Internet Protocol. By the virtue of this technology you can make calls any where in the world at low cost, VoIP is future technology as many nations of the world are still developing VoIP deployment to its full potential, luckily it can happen quickly because no major infrastructure is required to deployment of VoIP networks.
Broadband Internet connection is used in VoIP to rout telephone calls as opposed to the switching and fiber optic networks, this enable subscriber to receive good quality of services with less charge. The setup of VoIP requires broadband internet connection, regular telephone line, software and hardware for VoIP. Cisco is major name in development of VoIP hardware where as Skype and Vonage provides services of VoIP in US and rest of the world.
The VoIP infrastructure includes the broadband Internet connection, regular telephone line and VoIP software and hardware. Some of renowned companies of the voice over internet protocol business are Vonage and Skype. These both companies prove services to their US people as well as people of the other countries. Cisco systems have also a big name in providing the VoIP hardware.
Note: Video guide for VoIP