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What is Voice Peering?

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August 16, 2012

What is Voice Peering?

By TMCnet Special Guest
Carrie Schmelkin

Instead of forwarding calls over the public switched telephone network (PSTN), something which can rack up costs because of call charges or be plagued by poor quality, voice peering forwards calls directly to other provider networks through the use of VoIP technology. For all of the VoIP providers out there, take note, as this can be a more efficient way of delivering voice traffic.

Voice peering, sometimes referred to as VoIP peering, occurs on either a Layer 2 basis, in which case a private network is provided and carriers connected to it manage peering between on another, or on a Layer 5 basis, in which peering occurs on open networks and a central provider manages signals and routing. Voice peering can also occur on either a bilateral or multilateral basis. Bilateral peering refers to two parties coming together directly to exchange traffic whereas multilateral peering is when all parties agree to a common set of policies to exchange traffic.

One of the main benefits of voice peering is lowered cost. By using voice peering, there is no longer a need to pay long distance charges when calling outside the local area. Conversely, people can connect all over the world seamlessly and without fear of having to deal with a large phone bill.

Moreover, voice peering offers strong connections and voice clarity as the connection is often of very high quality. Oftentimes, the quality of the call is so impressive that a call from someone living in New York to someone living in London can sound as clear as if the second person was in New York as well.

Other advantages to voice peering are: more productivity; optimized network reach and business needs; easy implementation and management; increased capacity for extremely large amounts of traffic; better control over traffic routing, and a streamlined telephony experience.

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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