VoIP solutions are more popular than ever in the UK, as many businesses recognise the benefits of being able to make calls over the internet rather than via traditional phone lines.

While lowering costs and increasing productivity are among the main reasons to invest in a VoIP system, the quality of the service is likely to be hugely effected by the strength and reliability of the internet connection on which the VoIP hardware is running.

The good news is that it looks like UK users are set up to enjoy the very best of VoIP, possibly more so than any other part of the world. That’s because the country’s WiFi infrastructure is unparalleled, according to BT figures released this week.

According to the telecoms company, 652 million hotspots will be available on the wireless network around the world by 2015, with 21 million of these due to be found in the UK. This is up 3 million from Britain’s current total of 18 million in just 3 years.

One of the major advantages of a high-quality WiFi infrastructure is the fact it makes mobile VoIP a much easier option. Many firms are relying on staff working remotely, so allowing them easy access to cheap calls through their handset is a crucial capability.

BT WiFi chief executive officer Andy Baker pointed out, “As tablets and smartphones have become increasingly popular, connecting to the internet through WiFi has become more relevant.”

This increasing popularity is evident in a recent report by Visiongain, who predicted that the mobile VoIP market will be worth a total of $2.5 billion (£1.6 billion) by the end of this year.


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