Is your business considering Voice Over IP? As businesses of all sizes look to cut telecom costs and take advantage of the advanced features that VoIP offers, such as the Unified Communications features of Skype for Business, there are certain factors that should be considered to determine if your network is ready to handle the switch. A good place to start is through a simple voice readiness test that can be done by any individual PC on your network. This VoIP Readiness Test will determine a few initial factors to assist in your planning, including:
Network Speed and Bandwidth Assessment: One of the biggest challenges in VoIP deployments is allocating the right amount of bandwidth. VoIP uses codecs to compress and decompress voice data, allowing it to travel over the Internet efficiently. And since your Internet connection into your office is being used for other functions than just voice (web browsing, email, web-based apps and services, point-of-sale systems) there are numerous competitors for your bandwidth. Here is a view of the speed test portion of the VoIP Readiness Test:
Simultaneous Call Capability – How much of your current bandwidth is needed for high-quality voice calls? The bandwidth that our VOIP phone service requires depends on the number of concurrent calls you want to make.
Jitter and Packet Loss – Jitter is one of the most common VoIP call quality problems, and occurs when each packet of voice traffic travels by a different path from the sender to the receiver. When packets arrive at their intended destination in a different order then they were originally sent, or some packets are lost, the result is a call with poor or scrambled audio. Below is a look at the results of the simulated VoIP calls during the VoIP Readiness Test on a 3 simultaneous call simulation:
MOS (Mean Opinion Score) – MOS measures the overall call quality for a VoIP call. These scores range from 1 for unacceptable to 5 for excellent. VOIP calls often are in the 3.5 to 4.2 range. In the example above, the MOS score for a voice call on the network tested with 3 simultaneous calls was 4.2, on the high end of the range.
There are many other factors that contribute to whether or not your network is prepared for VoIP, but taking the VoIP Readiness Test is a great first step. After reviewing the summary, as pictured above, you will get a general sense of where work needs to begin to have a successful deployment, with more in depth looks and reporting available by clicking on the links within the report.
Want to take the test? It's quick and easy – the tool will pass simulated VoIP Traffic to your computer and will measure the quality and performance of the Internet connection between your network and the AltiGen Cloud. TAKE THE FREE VOIP READINESS TEST NOW.