What is Quality of Service?

By Hal Werner

Quality of Service is the overall performance of a telephony or computer network, particularly the performance seen by the users of the network.

The quantitatively measure quality of service, several related aspects of the network service are often considered, such as error rates, bit rate, throughput, transmission delay, jitter, etc.

Quality of service is particularly important for the transport of traffic with special requirements. In particular, much technology has been developed to allow computer networks to become as useful as telephone networks for audio conversations, as well as supporting new applications with even stricter service demands.