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The History of VoIP Technology

The magical touch of technology has always managed to make life a lot easier for us in every possible way, but none has been as essential to the development of the technological era as the VoIP. Voice Over Internet Protocol of VoIP, being the golden discovery of our era allowed us to stay in touch with our loved ones or attend frustrated clients for free sitting anywhere in the world, which would cost a small fortune with the regular phone. But even after becoming one of the most essential parts of our lives, little do we know about the history of VoIP technology. Which is to relive one of the greatest inventions of our era, let us take a walk down memory lane to see where it all started and how did it develop into one of the most useful pieces of technology today.

The Beginning

During the development of the modern computers, when that black screened Window 3.X was ruling desktops around the world and when the internet was something only available to the military, people were always on the lookout to find out cheaper and more effective ways to have voice communication. Even though land phones and the newly invented cellular phones were already a staple for every household, it came with its own set of problems such as poor service and high call rates, but all of that changed with the Windows 95. The latest edition of the Windows operating system and recent publicization of the internet, the world were able to communicate more freely with each other through e-mails and chat. It was during this time when bright young developers saw the true potential of sending electronic data over the internet for relatively a much smaller charge, did that start to conceptualize about sending voice based calls over the internet and that led to one of the greatest journeys of all.

The Development

The telephone was truly one of the greatest inventions of our era, but it also posed few of the biggest problems of all. To have a fully functional telephone system, companies had to spend millions of dollars to set up wires, posts, satellites, which regular phone calls expensive. When the internet was introduced in 1995, developers realized the alternate ways to send digitized data and pictures, which was a lot cheaper than traditional phone calls. With the newly found idea of transmitting voice over the internet, developers began to conceive different ways transmit voices the same way they could transmit digitized media. As the development progressed, developers of VoIP realized that the voice based calls over the internet could not be sent using a regular switchboard, as it would only produce a glorified and more expensive version of the telephone. Rather they started to focus on how exactly did data travel over the internet. Realizing that data travelled through the internet in forms of small packets which were transferred to the recipient in real time, did the developers found their much needed break when they realized that the voice could be sent over the internet the same way data travelled.

The Arrival and Future of VoIP

Perfected first by an Israeli company known as Internet Phone, the most basic version of VoIP required both the caller and the recipient to download their software, which would access a server specially built to handle voice packets. The users also had to install sound cards and purchase microphones in order to execute the call successfully. Even though the initial VoIP technology produced delays in the conversation and voice breaks, it was the much needed break that the developers were looking for. In 1998 when Windows launched their latest operating system in the form of Windows 98, which allowed developers to code and develop a lot more smoothly did we see its next step in the history of VoIP technology. A quicker and more stable operating system allowed developers to create a stable version of the VoIP software which could convert the digital calls to analog calls, which allowed users to connect directly to the Public Switched Telephone Network or PSTN which gave them access to land phones and cell phones. Despite the expenses in hardware required the companies to charge the users a nominal fee, it was much less compared to calling to land phones and cell phones. VoIP for small business is especially great, because it costs much less than traditional PBN or Key Systems, and they can be installed much more easily.

Today VoIP has evolved into one of the most basic and essential services, which no one can do without and to think this journey through the History of VoIP technology started with the internet.

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