Voip Networks

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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There are certain contexts in which VoIP networks make a lot of sense for businesses. These contexts include new businesses, small businesses, and businesses about to upgrade or replace their existing phone systems. There isn't much doubt that VoIP will become the telecommunications standard in, say, 10 or 15 years. The trick is figuring out how and when to adopt this new technology so that you make the most of your time and resources.

The essence of a VoIP network is its selectivity. When space is required to beam any type of information (for it's all just ones and zeros, really), the network allocates its resources so that the data may be sent and received in just the right portions. As soon as the transmission ceases, the channel is no longer open, at least until the next "request" is made. While this may sound like a strange system for two users, its genius is laid bare when you substitute two million users all placing their own demands on the network at once.

Why VoIP Makes Sense

While VoIP networks certainly make better usage of the available bandwidth, the use of digital packets alone isn't why many businesses are considering the switch. There are much more practical considerations here: ease and cost. With regard to ease, VoIP providers are making the switch a tempting move by offering hosted solutions that take care of multiple tasks all at once. Rather than contracting out with different providers for phone, internet, and wireless messaging, VoIP providers will often offer packages that combine all of these services into one bundle, with one price tag. It doesn't get much easier than paying one bill per month for communications expenses.

Cost is the other reason VoIP makes a lot of sense for new or small businesses. Many people who start up a business simply don't realize how much money modern phone systems cost. A typical on-site PBX system for approximately 20-30 users can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000. Also, for businesses moving to a new location, laying two different types of wiring can cost an extra $4,000--companies who make the switch to VoIP are finding that pocketing that $4,000 sounds a lot more like the type of business they want to be doing.


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