Saturday, March 14, 2009

Voice Peering and long distance calls

This may be my most technical Blog, but, understanding it can really save you money. Traditional telephone companies constitute the majority of long distance charges. You make a long distance call, and you generate costs. Traditional telephone companies had a monopoly on voice routing. If you wanted to call pretty much anywhere, you needed access to the routes owned by these companies. Enter the internet. Information could now be sent, essentially anywhere. It does not matter if you are exchanging information next door, or around the world. Information transfer became “non-geographic”. Your cost to send or receive (usually both) data had no bearing on the distance. Voice is just another piece of data. Therefore, if you could send voice over the internet, and avoid the traditional telephone company, substantial cost saving could be realized. Voice over internet protocol was born (VOIP). Then hundreds of VOIP companies spring up, with millions of subscribers. You could now make calls for much less than before. Later, calls between subscribers from the same VOIP company could be made for free. But, missing was the ability for calls from one VOIP company, to be sent to another, while simultaneously avoiding using traditional telephone routes. Again, calls generated costs. Enter voice peering. If VOIP companies could be interconnected, seamlessly, then calls between VOIP subscribers from different providers could be made. Since the traditional telephone company was bypassed, the callers save money. The cost savings is very substantial from countries that have high calling costs. The cost savings could allow businesses to expand into new regions, never before possible. The ability for producers to reach consumers moved a huge step forward. A buyer in the USA could now reach a seller thousands of miles away without calling long distance. The seller could have a “virtual” presence in areas never before possible or affordable. Costs are minimal die to voice peering. Voice becomes as “non-geographic” as data. Businesses and families could now connect, where previously, costs made it impossible. As this technology matures, several additional enhancements have become available. In some countries, calls to mobiles are very expensive. With the advent of mobile internet, voice could now be delivered through the data connection, and save the caller money. The same mobile telephone owner could have telephone numbers in multiple areas, on one telephone. This is unheard of with traditional mobile providers. The caller saves money, and the mobile phone owner has features never before available.

Many VOIP providers participate with voice peering. The power of this technology is complex, but opens news vistas for business and personal use. Understanding the fundamentals can make the prospective buyer a better user. The informed user can apply the technology in very effective ways. is a global VOIP provider. We leverage voice peering to allow customer’s access to markets never affordable before. Contact us for your business needs. Call us now, we love to talk.

1 comment:

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