IGCSE Information & Communication Technology Paper-1: Specimen Questions with Answers 23 - 23 of 45

Question number: 23


Appeared in Year: 2009

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What are the disadvantages of using video conferencing instead of face-to-face conferencing?


  • A video conference is a live, visual connection between two or more people residing in separate locations for the purpose of communication. At its simplest, video conferencing provides transmission of static images and text between two locations. At its most sophisticated, it provides transmission of full-motion video images and high-quality audio between multiple locations.

  • Face to face meetings are the meetings in which all the participants meet each other in person in the same meeting room. All of them come well prepared to the meeting room with an intention to participate in the meeting, regardless of its location. It can be the board room of the company, an office or a restaurant. All the participants are expected to give their views on the agenda of the meeting so that some solid decision can be taken instantly.


  • Can’t sign documents

  • Difficult to call international meetings because of time differences

  • Initial cost of hardware

  • Loss of personal/social contact

  • Strength of signal/bandwidth/lip-sync can be a problem/connection can be lost/power cuts

  • Takes time for workers to learn new technology

  • Equipment can break down

  • Takes time to train employees

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