We have now explored SIP trunking in depth, and we are going to explore how the benefits of SIP trunking can be seen by a larger organization, as opposed to a small one.
In general, the benefits of SIP trunking will apply to the same degree to Small business and to Large Enterprises. Cost reduction (lower access costs, trunk pooling, lower Long Distance, etc.), flexibility (burstable trunks, response to dynamics of business needs, affordable market presence), feature content (all features offered by PRI for extra fee available in the base offering), simplification due to single infrastructure and management.
Small and large companies with multi office set up will be the real benefactors of SIP trunks as there is no charges for on-net calling, trunks can be shared between locations and transparent integration between locations, common dialling plan are affordable with SIP trunks. These are benefits that could never have been utilized with a traditional analog phone system.
Large businesses leverage SIP trunks unparalleled scalability when managing dynamic requirement for network capacity, they benefit from single network infrastructure (both LAN and WAN) and ease of integration with business processes due to internet based protocols, and centralized management.
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Any small business will be looking to reduce costs as much as possible while being able to reach the largest number of potential customers possible. SIP trunking can achieve both of these, increasing the amount of money you can use on the rest of your business.
Unlike PRIs offering a fixed number of 23 channels (or lines), SIP Trunking gives the business freedom to choose how many trunks they would like to use. As such, you no longer need to oversubscribe and pay for lines that will only be used during peak times!
Due to the high costs of Integrated Services Digital networks (ISDN) (especially in Canada), small and medium size businesses could not afford to deploy PRI technology into their voice networks. The only viable options for them was to use analog lines which offer quite limited functionality. SIP trunks, with lower access and usage costs than analog lines deliver unmatched functionality allowing SMB customers to deploy solutions only available to large corporation in the past.
By making the switch from your traditional network to a SIP-based system, you are able to achieve the following benefits as a small business:
Pooling your channels across multiple locations, avoiding the need to pay for services at each site.
Having multiple phone numbers go to one SIP trunk, saving money on phone lines and increasing your reach to customers.
Remove the need for toll-free numbers by having local numbers across Canada that will all reach your system as a local call.
There are many benefits of SIP trunking for any size of business. These are three prominent one, but to learn more, click here.
SIP trunking is an alternative way of connecting on premise customer equipment (such as PBX, communication gateway, etc.) to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) or telephone network in short.
SIP trunks differ from the traditional network by leveraging internet protocols to create a flexible and cost effective highway between a customer’s PBX and the global telephony network without the need for new infrastructure. SIP trunking is built based on widely accepted Internet Protocol (IP) technology and utilizes Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to control connection management.
As an IP based solution, SIP trunking benefits from the underlying technology, existing IP infrastructure and cost models. It offers:
Easy and flawless integration with other IP/SIP based applications.
Simplification of deployment and management of solution.
Rich set of new capabilities and features (Instant Messaging, Multimedia Conferencing, Presence info, etc.); high redundancy, high availability and location independence (often called disappearance of distance).
Lower cost of voice transport.
Switching to a SIP network allows for the deliverance of many features between the on-site PBX and the telephony network. You are no longer limited to the infrastructure you have on-site.
As the SIP trunk provides an alternative connection of customer’s PBX to the PSTN, it is totally transparent to end users, which continue to use their existing telephones and favorite business features they are so used to.
Clear telephone conversations have been around since 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell said “Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you!” Since then, the technology has evolved into the digital age. What is important to note, before understanding current technology, is how it worked in the past.
If you go back to the days of the manual switchboard, it is easy to understand how the larger phone system works. In the days of the manual switchboard, there was a pair of copper wires running from every house to a central office in the middle of town. The switchboard operator sat in front of a board with one jack for every pair of wires entering the office.
When someone picked up the handset on his or her telephone, the hook switch would complete the circuit and let current flow through wires between the house and the office. This would light the light bulb above that person’s jack on the switchboard. The operator would connect his/her headset into that jack and ask who the person would like to talk to. The operator would then send a ring signal to the receiving party and wait for the party to pick up the phone. Once the receiving party picked up, the operator would connect the two people together in exactly the same way the simple intercom is connected.
When comparing this to the current age, the role of the human operator was replaced by specialized computer located in the Central Office of telecommunication company or Private Branch Exchange (PBX) in case of a business. If you are calling someone connected to the same office, then the switch simply creates a loop between your phone and the phone of the person you called. If it’s a long-distance call, then the loop between your phone and remote location is created using a long-distance network.
The costs for this network connection, however, have been extremely high. For businesses with multi-site operations, in addition to high connection costs, creation of unity between parties located in separate offices may pose a significant challenge. This leads us into the second part of this series: “How has SIP trunking changed the network?”
One of the benefits of cloud computing is increased efficiency; services are rapidly deployed and ready for use in a matter of minutes versus the weeks or months it traditionally takes. But there is more to cloud computing than just getting your compute resources, storage capacity or application as a service within minutes.Cloud Computing can range from a businesses phone system to the way they store their data. Based on personal experience with cloud consumers, here are the top five business benefits beyond efficiency.