24. February 2012 18:05
Voice Over Internet Protocol is a method of voice communication using bandwidth at particular frequencies. Bandwidth plays an important role in VOIP communication due to the fact that voice data can be transmitted over the internet only at certain specified frequencies. This works on similar lines as those used in television and radio transmission. When there is a greater range of bandwidth available for VOIP services, an increased volume of data can be sent over the connection. Greater bandwidth also allows the voice data to be transmitted at increased speeds thus enhancing communication. Bandwidth is usually measured in MegaHertz or Hertz. It can also be denoted by using the commonly used terms like kbps or mbps as used by most service providers.
As the kind of data that needs to be sent through VOIP is entirely different from regular data, it required an increased bandwidth so that there are no call drops or frequent loss of connections hampering business operations and causing a variety of problems. Voice data generally constitutes more volume than conventional data and thus requires an increased connection speed to be transmitted in real time. The service providers of today provide speeds of around 1Mbps for most internet connections. This speed is said to be appropriate for transferring voice data through VOIP services. Any speed that is lower than this cannot accommodate voice services and causes disruptions in voice communication. A broadband connection is a must in order to use VOIP services for business related or personal communication.
LAN or Ethernet or cable technologies are said to be even better than a regular broadband connection and should be preferred if your budget suits such an investment. The costs related to these can be relatively higher as they offer high speeds ranging from 1 to 8 mbps. However, one drawback of using cable is that it makes VOIP services completely immobile as the entire cabling will need to be shifted in case you need to change your location. For most business offices, ADSL technologies are enough to serve their purposes as they provide a decent bandwidth for the transmission of voice data.
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