Volcano eruption highlights VoIP technology benefits

With thousands of business travellers stranded in Europe this week due to a cloud of volcanic ash in the skies, many meetings have not gone ahead as planned.

As flights remain grounded for a fifth day, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland is estimated to have already cost the UK economy alone some £500m.

This act of god has inadvertently showed many business why they need to get to grips with VoIP technology.

Voice over Internet Protocol allows business to make low cost calls and conduct video conferencing at times when meetings cannot be done face-to-face.

A statement from Outsourcery, a UK hosted IT and IP telephony soutions company, said companies which had IP telephony solutions were not affected by the Europe wide flight ban.

Commenting on the new technology, Alistair McKinnon, senior product manager for IP multimedia at Virgin Media Business said: "It amazes me that some companies neglect new technology which can help minimise the disruption to their business in hectic times."

He added: "Not only are the technologies able to help when the problems occur, but they also improve productivity on a day-to-day basis."

A business in Pennyslyvania, America, was recently singing the praises of VoIP after a huge snow storm had prevented employees from coming to work.

Despite the disruption staff were still able to close a number of deals on their smart phones without needing to be in the office.

1 Response to "Volcano eruption highlights VoIP technology benefits"

  1. Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 7:16 AM
    In my office, we've been unaffected by the air troubles due to the fact that we do all our business by video-calls. I can't believe people aren't using the new technology that is available. Having said that, there's no substitute for face-to-face.