With the upheaval of the “pure play” service providers, just what VoIP solutions are left out there for the residential consumer? As businesses converge their networks and the Telecommunications Industry moves towards packet switched technology, the concept of Unified Communication becomes a reality as device manufacturers and developers blur the lines between traditional telephony, cellular, and IP communications.
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Residential and Business VoIP: Large Enterprises have been implementing converged networks for years through hardware solutions from the likes of Cisco, Avaya, and Alcatel Lucent. The pure play VoIP service providers now allow residential and small business consumers to save on telecommunications too.
VoIP Security/Technological Considerations: Voice packets over an IP network are subject to all the usual threats and them some. Packet prioritiaztion and QOS must perform uninterupted by malicious hackers, and VoIP security issues must be taken seriously by network professionals.
VoIP Related Technologies: Without a broadband connection, residential Internet telephony would not exist. Fiber optic trunk lines carry voice around the world. Corporate Wi-Fi networks enable mobility, and the emerging WiMAX standard promises to bring wireless broadband Internet access to all.
Globalization and other Social Issues Corporations outsource call centers to foriegn countries saving on labor and telecommunication costs through VoIP. Will internet providers become gatekeepers or will Net Neutrality prevail? VoIP/WiMAX conquer the Digital Divide with affordable telephony and Intenet access to underdeveloped regions worldwide.