The V2oIP Quality Alliance launched this week -- the goal of which is to increase the quality of voice over IP phone calls. Many of the people I spoke with in the organization would prefer the organization be called the Voice, Video Quality Alliance but regardless, that is what the V2oIP acronym stands for and the association's goal is to improve voice and video quality over IP networks.
You might imagine that today, voice quality has improved so much that we don't need such an organization. But video quality can still improve and this (link fixed) blog entry
shows that voice quality may not be as good as you think.
One last point worth considering is that with all the talk of voice peering, we must realize that quality has the potential to get worse. There are a few reasons for this -- increased latency as calls go from one provider to another and transcoding which basically means converting from one codec to another.
Of course when using peering we eliminate the PSTN so we should see gains in voice quality but like everything else over IP -- you need to ensure the network is set up correctly to ensure maximal voice quality.
I think the V2oIP Quality Alliance is a positive step towards improving quality in the IP communications world and as more vendors join the cause I hope we can expect higher quality levels in VoIP and video calls.
will give some details on who is participating but suffice it to say there is a smattering of IP communications companies represented from across the industry.