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Taking Talk To A New Dimension
Voice Over Internet Arrives In The Area


April 12, 2004

By Amy Satkofsky

AT& T at the end of March announced the launch of Voice over Internet Protocol or Voip service to residents of northern New Jersey, including much of Warren and Hunterdon counties. The company expects to roll out service in Pennsylvania this summer.

For years, computer techies have been making computer-to-computer phone calls requiring microphones and special setups. Today's cutting-edge companies such as Vonage Inc. and AT& T make it possible to place phone calls on any traditional phone with the use of broadband capacity.

Those who offer the service say Internet telephony is the wave of the future. Consumer Electronics Association analysts predict Internet telephony will forever change the way people think of phone service.

Mitchell Slepian, a spokesman for Vonage, says Voip will transform the telecom industry and forecasts that in the next 10 years the majority of phone calls will be made using it.

So what is it about Voip that's making analysts say it will be the next high-tech phenomenon?

Voip is a technology that allows people to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular phone line. According to the Federal Communications Commission, some services using Voip may only allow an individual to call other people using the same service, but others may allow people to call anyone who has a telephone number, including local, long distance, mobile and international numbers. Also, while some services only work over a computer or a special Voip phone, other services, including Vonage and AT& T's CallVantage along with the lesser known VoicePulse, Packet8 and Broadvox, allow people to use a traditional phone through an adaptor.

Traditional phone calls used circuit switching, explains Deborah Jones, spokeswoman for AT& T. Circuit switching requires a direct connect between Point A and Point B. When that connection is made, conversation is transmitted though standard telephone wires at a fixed rate.

Voip uses data networks which send information along high capacity broadband Internet wires. The information, or conversation, is sent using packet switching, which allows the broadband connection to be opened up just long enough to send a small bit of data, called a packet, from Point A to Point B.

"In a data packet network the voice is broken down into little packets of electronic information, sent over the Internet or broadband connection, and put back together as words at the other end," Jones explains.

She says calls on CallVantage are secure because the routing is done on the company's security enhanced IP network. Most networks use things like firewalls and encryption to ensure security.

Sending information, or conversation, in packets is cheaper for the consumer because more information can be sent through the broadband at the same time. For example, as explained on Howstuffworks.com, a standard 10-minute phone call made using a traditional circuit switching line would consume 10 minutes of transmission time and the associated rates because the circuit has to remain open for the entire 10 minutes, dead air and all.

However, a 10-minute phone call using packet switching technology, which is used for VoIP, might only need three or four minutes of transmission time because the connection is only used to send conversation, not dead air.

Jones says Voip is also associated with lower costs because there are fewer infrastructure costs that need to be passed down to the consumer. "Even as far as adding new services goes, with IP all that's needed is software. There aren't any associated infrastructure costs," she says.

Such Web-based services include do not disturb functions, personal conferencing, personal locators and call log review, all of which are accessed through the personal computer that is hooked up to an AT& T CallVantage adapter. For Vonage, the adapter is a Motorola VT1000V voice gateway, Slepian says.

Both gadgets are actually gateways, which are used to connect two different types of networks so they can communicate with each other -- meaning, in this case, that the adapters convert the standard circuit-switched data from a traditional phone line into digital data that can be sent over the broadband line.

For AT& T, the telephone adapter, which is about the size of medium-sized book, is actually plugged into a cable modem at one end and a standard phone at the other end.
"In the early days of Voip it used to be more complicated because you needed a microphone, speakers, a sound card, software. Now all you need to do is pick up a regular telephone. Your computer doesn't even have to be on," Jones says.

What Jones describes as an older design is computer-to-computer VoIP, where the microphone is set up with the computer and conversations take place through it when the computer is on. Howstuffworks.com says there is typically no charge for computer-to-computer calls except the monthly Internet Service Provider bill.

Companies such as Net2Phone, Deltathree and Kall8 have been offering another type of VoIP, computer-to-telephone calling, for a couple years. If the calling computer is running with the right software, the user can call anyone and use the microphone and sound card system. The person on the other end talks into a regular phone. Typically there is a nominal per-minute charge.

There are also telephone-to-computer calls that utilize VoIP. In such calls a friend can make a call using a regular phone and speak to someone who answers on a computer at the other end. Special software is needed, but the cost of the call to the person who initiates it is usually cheaper than traditional long distance, Howstuffworks.com explains.

The most advanced Voip services, like CallVantage and Vonage, use telephone-to-telephone calling. In this type of Voip application, the people on both ends talk on traditional phones, but the person who initiated the call has a phone connected to broadband wires.

The caller doesn't rack up long-distance charges, but pays a monthly fee. AT& T's CallVantage will allow customers to call anywhere in the United States and its Caribbean possessions for a flat rate. That rate will start out at $19.99 a month for six months for those who establish service before May 31. Afterward, it will be $39.99 a month. Vonage customers pay $35 a month.

Slepian says the quality of telephone-to-telephone Voip is almost identical to a traditional phone conversation. Jones says before AT& T considered making Voip available they set goals to have sound quality that was at least as good as a standard landline, if not better. The calls are heard in real time.

Of course, the service, no matter what carrier is chosen, is not available to everyone. Homes and businesses must be equipped with broadband capability if Voip service is desired.

"It will be at least a decade before this is a pervasive technology," Jones says. "Until then our commitment at AT& T will still be to local service."



 
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