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Improve call quality in Microsoft Teams

This article introduces three key tools you can use to monitor, troubleshoot, manage, and improve call quality in Microsoft Teams.

  • Call Quality Dashboard (CQD): To analyze org-wide trends or problems, drive improvements to performance

  • Call analytics: To analyze call and meeting quality for individual users

  • Real-time analytics: To analyze in-progress scheduled meeting quality

  • Quality of Service (QoS): To prioritize important network traffic

Monitor and troubleshoot call quality

You'll use per-user Call analytics and Call Quality Dashboard to find and troubleshoot call-quality problems that come up during ongoing operation. This lets you drive performance improvements across your network. Both of these tools are in the Teams admin center.

  • Call analytics show detailed information about the devices, networks, and connectivity related to specific calls and meetings for each user in Teams. Teams admin and helpdesk agents will use this information to troubleshoot call quality and connection problems in a specific call. To learn more, read Set up call analytics and Use Call Analytics to troubleshoot poor call quality.

  • Real-time analytics show detailed information about the devices, networks, and connectivity related to scheduled in-progress meetings for each user in Teams. Teams admin and helpdesk agents will use this information to troubleshoot in-progress scheduled meeting quality and connection problems. To learn more, read Use real-time telemetry to troubleshoot poor meeting quality.

  • Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) gives you a network-wide view of call quality across your organization. Use CQD information to help you identify and fix problems. First, Set up CQD. Then read Manage call and meeting quality in Teams.

Call analytics, real-time analytics, and CQD run in parallel and can be used independently or together. For example, if a communications support specialist determines that they need more help troubleshooting a user's call problem, they escalate the call to a communications support engineer, who has access to additional information about the call. In turn, the communications support engineer alerts a network engineer to a possible site-related issue they noticed in the call analytics. The network engineer checks CQD to see if an overall site-related issue could be a contributing cause of the user's call problem.

Participant visibility in call quality tools

If an organization's users join a federated meeting but did not organize the meeting, that organization will only see details for their own users in all call quality tools. This includes call analytics, real-time analytics, and call quality dashboard. The organization that organized a federated meeting will see all participants.

Prioritize important network traffic using QoS

As your users start using Teams for calls and meetings, they may experience a caller's voice breaking up or cutting in and out of a call or meeting. Shared video may freeze or pixelate, or fail altogether. This is due to the IP packets that represent voice and video traffic encountering network congestion and arriving out of sequence or not at all. If this happens (or to prevent it from happening in the first place), use Quality of Service (QoS).

With QoS, you prioritize delay-sensitive network traffic (for example, voice or video streams), allowing it to "cut in line" in front of traffic that is less sensitive (like downloading a new app, where an extra second to download isn't a big deal). QoS identifies and marks all packets in real-time streams using Windows Group Policy Objects and a routing feature called Port-based Access Control Lists, which instructs your network to give voice, video, and screen sharing their own dedicated network bandwidth.

Ideally, you'll implement QoS on your internal network while getting ready to roll out Teams, but you can do it anytime. If you're small enough, you might not need QoS.

When you're ready, read Implement Quality of Service (QoS) in Microsoft Teams.

To use QoS to manage meeting traffic, read Set how you want to handle real-time media traffic for Teams meetings.

Set up call analytics

Use Call Analytics to troubleshoot poor call quality

Set up CQD

Manage call and meeting quality in Teams

Teams Troubleshooting