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A Guide to VoIP History - The Rise of VoIP

For many significant events in history, that facts seem to get tweaked and changed over time, mostly accidently, at the discretion of the person that is writing about the subject matter. Humans also like to state their own opinions which can quite often come from their own conclusions as opposed to being 100% factual. The history of VoIP is likely no different and as time passes, and people copy content from across the web, it becomes more and more difficult to determine what is fact and what is fiction.

On this page, we are going to state as many facts as possible and will leave it up to the rest of the world to add comments and fill in any potential gaps that we may have missed. So we certainly welcome any comments on this subject and truly appreciate them. Our original history of VoIP document was created back in 2005 and no longer added much unique value as it had been copied countless times by unethical people and posted on their own websites. As such, this is our attempt at an improved version of the keys events in the VoIP history.

VoIP Beginnings

The Growth of VoIP

A recent 2013 report from IBISWorld indicates that the VoIP market is now worth $15bn with annual growth from 2007 through 2012 of 16.7%. Our own research recently broke this data down into Country specific growth rates for 2014, which may be of interest to our readers.

This is an amazing growth rate and is expected to continue in the coming years as both homeowners and businesses continue the adoption of this technology. Some of the key driving forces behind this growth are:

For further information and a detailed explanation on VoIP and how it works you can visit our VoIP Explained page. For more information on the features available through a VoIP phone service you can visit our guide to VoIP Features page. Our home user review section features over 100 providers and thousands of reviews.

Although the history of VoIP is of course not only important and interesting, it is the overall impact that it has had on telecommunications that makes it significant in our everyday lives, and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

Author: Andy Forgrieve

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#1 : Posted by Tom P. on April 25th, 2013:

Good info. I remember the early days of VoIP, wow the quality was bad! Now everyone uses it, and probably without knowing. Comcast's phone service is VoIP based!

-> Response: We remember those days well too Tom :-) Comcast do a great marketing job, they never even mention the name VoIP these days.


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