VoIP taking six per cent of international calls volume

About six per cent of international voice call volume travels over the Internet instead of traditional telephone networks, sidestepping some of the more expensive aspects of cross-border telecommunication, according to a report from TeleGeography Inc.

Two things drive the use of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol): the cost to carriers for sending a call across a border, and the cost to consumers for long distance calls, said Jason Kowal, president of TeleGeography.

In areas of the world with high settlement rates – charges one carrier passes to another for accepting a transnational phone call – carriers can use the Internet to lower the cost, he said.

“The biggest route (for VoIP) is U.S. to Mexico,” Kowal said, citing the lack of meaningful competition between Tel