VoIP Data Networking
The Future of Networking Telecommunications
VoIP is naturally suited to sending voice transmissions
over standard data networking lines. It's adapted to
a packet-switched network just like your computer instead
of circuit-switched transmission lines. It can be deployed
over any IP network, including networks that don't connect
to the rest of the Internet.
Because it uses the Internet, VoIP data networking
communications are much cheaper than traditional phone
lines. Part of the savings comes from using a single
line to send both voice and data, especially when you
have more network capacity than you're currently using.
A business that has just downsized or outsourced, for
instance, should consider VoIP data networking to eliminate
standard phone lines instead of eliminating excess capacity.
Also, businesses that are growing and wish to replace
their older, traditional voice systems should also consider
Today, VoIP data networking is in its infancy, and
is sometimes very different from using traditional telecommunications.
But if you have a good stable network infrastructure
that has little down time, VoIP data networking is worth
the investment in training and change. Cost savings
for a large company can be an eye opening experience.
Have you checked your telephone bill recently? Imagine
reducing it by as much as 50 - 80% and you'll get the
In addition to the cost savings, VoIP data networking
allows you to use some other functions that aren't available
on standard telecommunications lines, like routing your
calls to wherever you are instead of to your telephone.
You can take your VoIP phone with you almost anywhere;
connect to the Internet, and you're ready to go. VoIP
data networking allows you to use online services like
video conversation and file exchanging while you're
VoIP is a very new technology and is in a state of
change. There are some standardization issues. Because
of the way you can move phones around with VoIP, your
911 service may not be perfect, but VoIP is quickly
becoming an industry standard. The FCC is instituting
some serious oversight to ensure your VoIP is as good
as the traditional phone services you're used to having.
More VoIP network cards were shipped last year than
standard telephone connections. Chances are, if you
switch to VoIP, you'll notice no change at all to the
way you use your business phone - except the loss of
a very large monthly phone bill.
Cost Savings of VoIP Data Networking
When you consider how much your standard phone line
costs you and compare it to what VoIP will cost, you'll
quickly see the advantages of VoIP. There is a learning
curve for your network administrator and your telecommunications
specialists, but it's more than offset by the cost savings
after a couple of months, let alone a year. Look into
it. You'll be glad you did when you're taking your office
calls from home, your business slashes its telecommunications
bills in half and when you pay your own phone bills.