Voice Over IP

When searching for topics to write about for our new Stanbridge College Information Technology blog, one of the college’s IT staff said, “Voice over IP. It’s a hot topic.”

However unlikely, if you’re new to the technology field you might not have heard of Skype, which is just one Internet-based company making use of VoIP to bring to millions of people globally. And that means using broadband and wifi connections for end-users so they can make phone calls that are often free, instead of using a traditional telephone company service.

The benefit?

For businesses VoIP amounts to cheaper calls. The general idea is that the bigger the corporation the more money that can potentially be saved by its workers using “soft” phone calls over the Internet rather than a telephone company and all the added fees for call waiting, call forwarding, long distance and so on.

The point of the IT staff who brought up VoIP was that students need to start jumping in, start researching, and even start using the technology so that when they enter the job market as an information technology expert, they can strategize, implement, and pass needed savings onto their employer.

One comment on “Voice Over IP

  1. Voice Over IP is a hot topic indeed, both from a technology perspective, and from a business decision perspective. VoIP is not a new technology, and in fact much of the voice traffic delivered by the major carriers has been IP-based for years, the technology is coming down in affordability, making it suitable for all types of small-office, home-office (the so-called SOHO) markets. Platforms such as Asterix and TrixBox make it so affordable that it’s almost free. The cost of desktop IP-based phones is under $100.00 in many cases. Finding a SIP provider may be a bit daunting – trying to understand the options and prices on the other hand. The technology has arrived. The SIP Trunk business models needs to be better defined, in my opinion.

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