Skype | Signaling Protocols in Detail

Skype is mentioned here because it is such an intriguing application. Famous for its resiliency when running over the Internet, or any other non-quality-of-service network, as well as for its chat feature and low-cost calls, questions will always come up about Skype. Undoubtedly, Skype has helped many organizations reduce long distance or international phone bills, and many business travelers have favored it when on the road and in a hotel, to avoid room and cell charges for telephone use.
Skype is a completely proprietary peer-to-peer protocol, encrypted hop-by-hop to prevent unauthorized snooping. There are plenty of resources available on how to use Skype, so it will be appropriate for us to stick with just the basics on how it applies for voice mobility.
The most important issue with Skype is that it is not manageable in an enterprise sense. Not only is it a service hosted outside the using enterprise, but the technology itself is encrypted to prevent even basic understanding or diagnosis. Furthermore, it cannot be run independent of Internet connectivity, and it is designed to find ways around firewalls. As a primarily consumer-oriented technology, Skype does not yet have the features necessary for enterprise deployments, and thus is severely limited in a sense useful for large-scale voice mobility.
Another main issue with Skype is that it does not take advantage of quality-of-service protocols to provide reliable or predictable, or even prioritized, voice quality. Traffic engineering with Skype is incredibly difficult, especially if one tries to predict how Skype will consume resources if large portions of the networked population choose to use it, inside or outside the office.
On the other hand, Skype comes with better, high-bitrate codecs that make voice sound much less tinny than the typical low-bitrate codecs used by telephones that may have to access the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Skype's ability to free itself from PSTN integration as the standard case (Skype's landline telephone services can be thought of more as special cases) has allowed it to be optimized for better voice quality in a lossy environment.
Skype is unlikely to be useful in current voice mobility deployments, so it will not be mentioned much further in this book. However, Skype will always be found performing somewhere within the enterprise, and so its usage should be understood. As time progresses, it may be possible that people will have worked out a more full understanding of how to deploy Skype in the enterprise.

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