Why Not Skype Part 3: It Slows You Down!
Part 3 in our “Why Not Skype” series is all about speed. And web-based speed comes down to bandwidth, or the amount of data that can be transferred per second. If you’ve ever had a Skype call and experienced pausing, freezing, lag time, or difficulty using other operations while on a call, you’ve experienced a bandwidth problem.
Skype requires a significant amount of bandwidth, which is one of the reasons they recommend only five participants in a video call. A five-way Skype video call requires 4Mbps of bandwidth per participant, while a business video conferencing service only requires 1Mbps of bandwidth. The substantial amount of bandwidth required for Skype calls can reduce or interrupt critical network performance since the Skype video traffic cannot be prioritized through the use of Quality of Service (QoS) settings. That translates into call hiccups like freezing videos, pauses, voice interruption, and overall low call efficiency.
At Pipeline Video Solutions, our calls are faster and more reliable. That means a quicker, cleaner, more efficient call for you and a more pleasant meeting experience for your team. If bandwidth matters for your organization (and it does!), call us now for your video conference software solution!