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What is VVoIP (Video and Voice over IP)?

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VVoIP is a term in the telecommunications field that is used to identify the process of using the power of the Internet to manage the service delivery of both voice and visual communications via online streaming methods instead of traditional fiber optics. In most instances, producers and consumers of VVoIP understand the term to stand for video and voice over IP. However, there are a number of consumers and companies that prefer to identify the process of VVoIP as voice and video over Internet protocol.

The basic philosophy behind VVoIP has to do with converting visual imaging and audio signals into a digital form of data. The digital data is further compressed into units that are known as packets. These packets are in turn introduced into point to point communications by creating what is commonly referred to as a data stream over the Internet. The data stream may be used for sharing data back and forth between two points, or involve a point of origin connected to multiple points of termination, with all points using the Internet as the platform for communication. This is in contrast to using the traditional technology that involves the circuits of a public switched telephone network.

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VVoIP can be a great way to streamline the communication functions that are commonly utilized by a corporation. In many cases, the implementation of a VVoIP approach to communications can actually save a great deal of money on telecommunication functions, and perhaps even expand the usability of traditional voice and video beyond the current applications that the company employs from day to day. However, it is important to consider a few factors before jumping on the VVoIP bandwagon.

First, it is important to evaluate the bandwidth that your current Internet Service Provider can provide for your use. While this is becoming less of an issue as more providers increase bandwidth to meet customer demands for VVoIP, there is still some chance of encountering periods in which the connections will be slow or even unable to connect with a given location. Next, it is a good idea to evaluate your own current uses of telecommunication devices. This helps you to work with your provider to make sure they can handle those daily teleconferences, audio and video streaming for high profile meetings, and all those point to point online presentations that the sales force will be doing with prospective clients.

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