In our world of smartphones, satellites, and short message services, it can be hard to imagine a time when communication was analog. While we often lump the creation of the internet together with things like audio compression and digital video, these were separate areas of research before one idea unified them: the transmission of voice between two internet protocol (IP) addresses.
Keep reading for Keeran Networks’ crash course on the history of Voice over Internet Protocol (shortened as both VoIP and VOIP) and contact us today for advice on how this technology can enhance your business.
As computers became more advanced in the late 20th century, engineers and developers alike became more ambitious with their research. Data storage eventually was efficient enough to compress audio recording to sizes where they were understandable to the ear, but small enough to transfer between computers. Once this was achieved and the worldwide web expanded, it was only a matter of time before someone transmitted voice using two computers connected only by IP addresses.
Alon Cohen & VocalTec Inc.
In the early to mid-1990s, entrepreneur Alon Cohen became the Guglielmo Marconi of his generation when his company VocalTec Incorporated made the first VOIP call-- thanks in part to his earlier invention of an audio transceiver. Patented in 1995, VocalTec’s VOIP technology was promoted as a response to rising long distance charges and labelled InternetPhone. It was not widely adopted at first, but quick, successive advancement and spread of broadband Ethernet technology proved VOIP to be revolutionary.
As we have seen over the years, long distance rates almost disappeared as well as services such as collect calling and interexchange carriers. The advent of modern communication services such as FaceTime, Skype, Discord and many others owe their success to the ground broken by Cohen, VocalTec and InternetPhone.
While not exclusively founded on the same technology, VOIP-- still being used today thanks to its reliability and versatility-- is truly the common ancestor of all digital communication.
The information above has been summarized for brevity, but we here at Keeran Networks are proud of our heritage and experience with all forms of digital communication. Do you have questions or concerns about VOIP and other similar services? Contact us today!