[extropy-chat] Pearson: Conventional telecoms is obsolete

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Thu May 26 00:28:36 UTC 2005

Mike Lorrey wrote:
> On the contrary, Packet8 is rated as the best VoIP provider. It is not
> just poor quality signal, it is losing all service completely at least
> one day a week for at least half the working day.

What does "best" mean?  A lot of the problems people experience with
VoIP has to do with congestion, often at the VoIP service provider's
end.  Cheap comes at a price.  Packet8 does not have their own network,
they use Level3 (and whoever else).  They have very little control over
the network characteristics.  AT&T may not be the cheapest VoIP
provider, but they can make it scale as well as they need it to.

And a T1 is a good example of the type of network that VoIP is not so
hot over.  Most DS* data circuits are congested *by nature*, and will
show spotty performance as a result.  VoIP works much better when pushed
over Ethernet frames, which fortunately is slowly becoming the de facto
L2 for telecom.

j. andrew rogers

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