Yacht telephony has gone through some radical changes in the past few years. Old-school PBX systems are being replaced by systems using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
With VoIP telephony, the voice server and phones are connected to the vessel's IP network rather than a separate dedicated telephony network.
There are primarily two types of VoIP systems available: VoIP IP (often referred to as Pure-IP) and Hybrid or Converged IP/PBX products.
In this article, I'll discuss the differences between Pure-IP and Hybrid IP/PBX systems so you can make an educated telephone communications choice for your vessel. But first, lets review the meaning of telephony.