IP telephony gets worse, so what?

The Internet has matured; now it’s ready for VoIP systems… Everyone knows that. And in the same time, everyone does not really expect to voice client to provide better audio quality than old-fashion landline and mobile telephony.

But there’s more, said CNet, relaying a Brix Networks study suggesting that the quality of voice over IP is getting worse in America.

Did you learn something new, really? We guess no. The problem is packet prioritizing. Just like when you connect through a public hotspot, the more neighbors with a laptop you see surrounding you, the more the bandwidth and quality of service are shrinking… Unless you’re the king of the hill, or the network administrator’s chum, and have a booked portion of the bandwidth.

And surprise! According to a survey from service marketer Telephia, US residential broadband telephone rose from 2.2 million in the first quarter of 2006 to 2.9 million in the second quarter, according to the survey. The study shows only numbers for pure-play VoIP, without any extra service like broadband TV or high-speed Internet access.

So if more and more households are jumping on the VoIP offers, packet congestion and higher audio compression will happen more and more. In short, the more people interested, the more the quality of VoIP will go down… But for a while. Until the critical level is reach, that traditional telephone gets relayed on a secondary layer, and tech innovation enhances voice quality again.

But, by publishing their study, directly or indirectly, Brix Networks is supporting for the anti Net Neutrality champs. At the end of the day, Net Neutrality is the big looser.

Jul 25, 2006 | By Nuno

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