Extending VoIP to Remote Locations: Challenges and Solutions

In the past, the growing pains of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) centered on voice quality. However, VoIP solutions are now attractive alternatives to conventional analog voice and the public switched telephone network (PSTN). As real-world VoIP rollouts continue, however, new sets of challenges are emerging; in particular, businesses are encountering unanticipated problems as they deploy VoIP to remote locations.

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VoIP Introduction

VoIP uses internet protocol data packets to transfer voice, fax, and other data over the shared network, rather than the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN), which is based on copper wires carrying analog voice data over the dedicated circuits. VoIP, in contrast to PSTN, uses what is called packet-switched telephony, whereby the voice information travels to its destination in individual network packets across the Internet that are assembled and then converted to voice. Learn the basics of VoIP by reading this white paper, which includes explanations of coding and protocol for VoIP, and a look at quality and myths about VoIP. Read More

The Hidden Benefits of VoIP Revealed

The appeal of VoIP is straightforward: By converging voice and data into a single, unified network, businesses can lower costs and increase productivity, as the scaled-down VoIP infrastructure is easier and less expensive to maintain. Read this white paper to gain a competitive advantage with VoIP’s four “secret weapons”: rich media, mobility, unified communications, and virtual workplaces. Read More

PBX to VoIP Migration Checklist

A migration from T1/PBX (public branch exchanges) to voice over IP (VoIP) takes some planning and IT support, but the savings can be substantial. This short checklist can help get you started to make the switch to VoIP.  Read More

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Voice over IP Reliability

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