How much bandwidth do telephone calls consume on your service?

Telephone calls on our system are by default configured to operate on the G.711 voice codec, which consumes 85kbps of Internet bandwidth up and down. For example, a small DSL connection of 512kbps up and 3M down will have a limiting factor of the upstream 512kbps limit. Take 512 and divide it by 85 to arrive at a total of 6 maximum simultaneous calls on that particular type of Internet connection. That’s the very low end. ┬áMost broadband Internet connections these days are much faster, to the point where dozens and dozens of calls can traverse the data connection.