VoIP Network Assesment

Our last post made reference to the topic of network assessment when contrasting premise based telephone systems with hosted Voice over IP solutions. Conducting a network assessment is also important when deploying IP telephone sets with a premise based phone system such as the Samsung OfficeServ 7000 series platform or planning the implementation of a multi location VoIP network where voice and data traffic will be sharing the same bandwidth.

Before you know how much a VoIP deployment will cost and how successful it will be, you need to understand if your data network can carry high-quality voice transmissions. The odds are that a network upgrade may be needed to successfully deploy VoIP.

Your data network was originally designed to support emails, file transfers and deliver Web pages, not carry high quality voice transmissions. Voice traffic is very time sensitive and can’t be queued like email or Web traffic. Delays up to a half hour for an email or file transfer are generally not a problem, but delays of only a few hundred milliseconds can ruin a VoIP call, producing choppy conversations or dropped calls.

To ensure your VoIP deployment is successful and on budget, you need to find answers to these important questions before deploying VoIP:

  • What type of VoIP MOS (Mean Opinion Score) call quality can I expect from my current data network for each business site?
  • Is network delay, loss or jitter the main problem impacting VoIP call quality, and how do I fix it?
  • How many concurrent VoIP calls can my network carry without impacting existing data services?

Optimizing your network for VoIP traffic is a straight forward exercise once questions such as these have been addressed: Implement QOS capability on the existing routers if possible or purchase new ones (Cisco, HP and Barracuda are just small sample of the many quality products available) and deploy managed POE switches such as Samsung’s Ubigate product to prioritize voice traffic in environments where IP sets will be deployed within the office. 

Knowing this information before deploying VoIP will ensure your success, but what is the most accurate and cost effective method to obtain it?

Power 3 Communications VoIP Assessment

The fastest and most cost effective way to determine your network’s VoIP readiness is to have Power 3 Communications conduct a VoIP Network Assessment.The assessment will diagnose the majority of your network issues so that by the time you begin your VoIP deployment, you have a properly designed and configured converged network that will carry high-quality voice transmissions. Power 3 will conduct the assesment for a one time fee of $500.00, which will be fully credited if you purchase a Samsung Voice over IP system from us.

Organizations that skip this important deployment step experience poor call quality, dissatisfied users, upgrade cost overruns and delayed deployment.

Conclusion

Your network was not originally designed to carry high quality voice transmissions. To deploy VoIP successfully you need to conduct a VoIP Network Assessment first. If you skip this important step your probability of network challenges is significant. Eliminate deployment risk, project cost overruns and dissatisfied users by conducting a Power 3 Communications VoIP Network Assessment.