Five Facts About Hosted Voice Over IP (VoIP) Phone Systems
1. The first two-way VoIP communication took place via ARPANET in 1974.
What is ARPANET? Think of it as the very first version of the Internet — that existed solely for academic research and military institutions to transmit classified information during the height of the Cold War.
It was that very rudimentary network that enabled VoIP. In August 1974, two computers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab and USC’s Information Sciences Institute successfully tested the first Internet-transmitted voice packet data through continuous variable slope delta modulation — and at the snail’s pace of 16 Kbps. In December of that same year, the first two-way communication occurred using a different combination of algorithms between the Lincoln Lab and Culler-Harrison, Inc.
2. VoIP’s growth spurt started in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, and usage is still increasing.
Another fact: VocalTec was the first company to commercially release Internet phone software, paving the way for today’s VoIP systems.
Not surprisingly, VoIP’s surge closely tracks with the development of the Internet. At the end of 1998, VoIP accounted for less than 1 percent of all voice calls. By 2003, that amount rose to about 25 percent. (The popular online communication tool, Skype, started that same year.)
Advances in Internet connections meant fewer connectivity issues for hosted phone services and improved call quality. In fact, current VoIP phone options can provide high-definition sound, up to 7,000 hertz, compared with a landline’s range between 300 and 3,400 hertz.
As we noted earlier, cost effectiveness and interoperability are some of the main reasons that businesses have caught on to VoIP, but developing technology helped to convince more users of the phone system’s reliability.
There are no signs that this growth will slow down. On Jan. 31, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission began discussions about turning away from the nation’s public switched telephone network lines in favor of a mass IP-network upgrade. Couple that with the fact that wireless networks are only growing stronger as companies will soon introduce 5G, helping to bring 3G and 4G to more rural areas, and that modern businesses are introducing more flexibility and mobility into job requirements.
3. Phoneless calls are possible.
Make calls without a phone? It seems a little preposterous, but it’s all too true. Cloud-hosted solutions allow users to make and receive calls from any device — be it a desktop, laptop or tablet — with a softphone app as long as there is an Internet connection. That means your employees can work in office, remotely or on the go — and transition seamlessly between places and devices. And, you won’t have to worry about keeping your business up and running should disaster strike!
4. VoIP can be your first step into unified communications.
Let VoIP be your business’s introduction to unified communications (UC). True UC brings together all of your business communication methods — VoIP, chat functions, web conferencing and even fax — into a single platform. The benefit? UC not only gives users a streamlined experience, but also a consistent one — across all devices.
5. OfficeSuite UC® has more than 100 features and counting.
OfficeSuite UC® is our 100 percent cloud-based unified communications solution that has more than 300,000 users. We’ve designed OfficeSuite UC® with the user in mind, and because we develop the software, we’re able to add and update all the features most important to you — at no additional cost. Take a look at the top 10 most popular features of our award-winning hosted phone service.