Saturday, October 15, 2011
When downloading and uploading e-mail and websites, and streaming audio and videos, and more, users today demand one thing, and one thing only: speed.
While even the largest broadband connections, which often run voice and/or video and data on the same connection, can become congested, no Internet connection is near-perfect – unless QoS (quality of service) and CoS (class of service) are involved.
Therefore, if your data network lacks proper QoS and CoS, it’s comparable to a minor traffic jam on a highway. And everyone, especially commuters, know it’s not a fun way to spend your morning or evening.
According to hosted VoIP company RealLinx, a network can be seen as a highly congested superhighway during rush hour. While the regular, everyday vehicles stuck on this highway will certainly experience delays, emergency vehicles are able to pass through unrestricted. However, the only way for them to do so successfully is to have “traffic cops” placed on both sides of the congestion.
In this case, your emergency vehicles are the voice and video running through your network. The “traffic cop,” or QoS, provided by a hosted VoIP company like RealLinx, can mitigate the delays faced by these “emergency vehicles” so that they avoid a bombardment of quality issues including stutter, garble, echo, cut-outs, and more.
As opposed to many companies who claim they offer a QoS solution by implementing rules on hardware at a client’s site, which would only be putting a traffic cop on only one side of the traffic jam, RealLinx solves the entire problem by implementing QoS and CoS on both the customer side and the carrier side.
By putting a “traffic cop” on both sides, traffic is properly managed in both directions so when a voice or video packet does end up entering the network from either direction, it instantly designates it as a priority and sends it through while the data packets wait.
So, worst case scenario is you have access to perfectly streamed voice and video, but a delayed e-mail by only a few seconds. And we know a delayed e-mail is not your worst problem.
In an effort to better position its services and products and strengthen its global presence, Voip-Pal announced that it will begin developing a potentially profitable sales channel to India.
Voip-Pal, a broadband VoIP provider of local and long-distance telephone services for next generation devices, first unveiled its Joint Venture Licensing Agreement with two website domains www.RupeeChat.com and www.RupeePhone.com on Aug. 14, 2008. RupeeChat.com and RupeePhone.com are licensed by Voip-Pal to host its technology on its websites and will operate as an Indian version of PointsPhone.com. Today, with Voip-Pal's current cloud server, softswitch platform and implementing the latest smartphone mobile apps available, Voip-Pal is ready to finish the development of these new sales channels to India, according to company officials.
"India's market potential is huge," said Dennis Chang, president of Voip-Pal, in a statement. "India is the second largest English speaking country in the world with a potential of almost a billion buyers. Travelers and Expatriates from India who need to communicate with friends, family and business in India will be our target market. Development has started with our Indian partners to build a social network site as well as a VoIP calling site to target this market.”
“Although this is a niche market, it represents tremendous revenue potential through a new sales channel for Voip-Pal,” he added. “Through RupeeChat and RupeePhone, we will have an exclusive Indian social and chat network for east and west communication that will rely on Voip-Pal's products and services, thus increasing our revenue potential."
VoIP is still a relatively new to India as prior to 2002 VoIP in any form was banned from India. In April of 2002, the Indian government finally allowed VoIP to enter the country albeit in a limited manner. And, in late 2008, after years of crack down on VoIP and internet telephony, India's telecom regulators began the process of allowing unrestricted internet telephony and VoIP.
Now, vendors such as Voip-Pal see India as an untapped market and one that is potentially huge. There are an estimated 20 to 25 million Indian immigrants recorded worldwide of which 15 percent live in North America alone. Indian immigrants generally stay in touch with contacts in their homeland India, and it is this niche market that Voip-Pal will be targeting, according to Voip-Pal.
In other industry news, wholesale VoIP company Alcazar Networks has a whole host of services it can list on its resume including wholesale origination, wholesale termination, local termination, dialer termination and toll free termination; but there is an additional service that the company wants to spread the word about – its CNAM services.
Alcazar Networks, which was founded in 2003, provides a wide range of services and targets companies looking for wholesale origination, wholesale termination, T38 fax compatibility, nationwide e911, CNAM publishing and lookups, directory listings and API based configurations all from one company.
Microsoft and Nokia are wooing Symbian developers, offering them help in porting applications to Windows Phone ahead of the launch of the Finnish company's first smartphone based on Microsoft's platform.
When Nokia in February announced that Windows Phone would be its primary smartphone OS, the company also made it clear that its existing development environment would not be ported to work with Microsoft's OS. That would just fragment that environment, which would be repeating mistakes of the past, a Nokia spokesman said at the time.
However, to make sure that its old supporters are prepared to start writing apps for Windows Phone, Symbian Qt has been added to the Windows Phone API mapping tool, Nokia said in a blog post on Wednesday.
The mapping tool serves as a translation dictionary between the Windows Phone platform and other mobile OSes. It also helps developers port applications from Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The tool allows developers who are familiar with APIs from other platforms to see the equivalent class, method or notification events inside Windows Phone, according to Nokia.
For developers that have not worked with Windows Phone before, Nokia recommends reading "Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers," which the company has authored with Microsoft.
Nokia is expected to launch its first Windows Phone or phones at the Nokia World conference on Oct. 26, and start shipping at least one product before the end of the year.