US 9,813,464 B2
Conducting a conference call over a computer network
Hitham A. Assemaly Salama, Blanchardstown (IE); and Diaa Eldin Ali Mohamed Mahmoud, Doha (QA)
Assigned to INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed by International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed on Dec. 9, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/963,728.
Prior Publication US 2017/0171258 A1, Jun. 15, 2017
Int. Cl. H04L 29/12 (2006.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01)
CPC H04L 65/403 (2013.01) [H04L 61/2007 (2013.01); H04L 65/1066 (2013.01); H04L 65/80 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A computer-implemented method for conducting
a conference call between a plurality of participants using a conferencing computer hardware system, comprising:
generating, by location, the plurality of participants into a plurality of separate groups;
identifying a plurality of domestic focuses from the plurality of participants;
disconnecting, from the conference call by the conferencing computer hardware system, those of the plurality of participants not selected as a domestic focus; and
routing, by the conference computer hardware system, the conference call only through the plurality of domestic focuses, wherein
a single domestic focus is assigned to each of the plurality of separate groups; and wherein
the grouping is based upon a monitored degradation in call quality of the conference call.