What Is Structured Cabling for Data and Voice?
No matter how sophisticated structured cabling for data and voice systems get, to the school kids in Omaha, Nebraska, there is really only one phone call that matters. On the Sunday night after Thanksgiving vacation, as the local weather reporters debate the reliability of the Western European Weather Model over their in studio weather radar system, the only thing students want to know is, “Will we get a Snow Day?”
The local superintendent is trending on social media sites and the students are offering every bribe you can imagine, but the superintendent at 10:00 pm announced that the storm was too unpredictable to call. The decision would have to wait until morning. And then, if the students and the teachers are very lucky, the structured cabling for data and voice just might send out that coveted message that school has been cancelled because of current icy conditions and predicted worsening weather.
Surely, the technology experts who designed everything from business phone systems and closed-circuit television systems never predicted that of all of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capabilities, a simple single phone call would be what was on the minds of every school age person in he midwest. There is no denying, however, that everyone is going to sleep with their phones by their beds on this night.
In its more technical sense, VoIP is a technology that allows users to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular, more commonly known as analog, phone line. Some VoIP services only allow users to call other people using the same service, but other systems may allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number. This includes local, long distance, and mobile users so the caller can simultaneously announce information even more important than a Snow Day.
Structured cabling for data and voice systems are part of a much broader category of communications industry offerings that are often referred to as telephony services. Whether they are used on the internet or on a broadband system, a recent survey conducted by Sage Research indicated that the increased productivity enabled by internet telephony added up to 3.9 hours per week, per employee.
As it continues to grow, mobile VoIP is poised to impact roughly one billion users by the year 2018. In fact, the VoIP industry, which is dependent upon structured cabling for data and voice, is set to grow to over $76 billion by the end of 2015. Predictions indicate that the number of small office and home office subscribers will grow to $262 million, a 50% increase since 2011.