Imagine your business entirely running on a wire free phone system. Imagine more productive, increased profits and lower insurance rates. Are you dreaming? Is this some futuristic movie? No, it is a reality that is taking the world by storm.
One simple system with all the clarity and speed of cellular technology without the high end cost. What is this mysterious system? How do you get it?
It is SIP Trunking, and it is available for your business, right now. Say goodbye to high phone bills, tons of messy wires all over the place that keeps tripping the coffee guy every morning. It is your time to be wire free, a freedom that only SIP trunks can provide. Keep reading to learn more.
A quick review of Sip Trunking and its technology
Move over Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) for SIP Trunk. SIP is a technology used by the telecom industry for voice communication sessions over a data network, an example Skype calls. The Sip Trunk operates on the same principles that you find on a classic non-digital phone line, except it’s a “virtual” phone link.
They route the call through your modem, satellite or even cable lines to and from your phone line. If you can see the advantage now, then you know that the biggest advantage to telephone providers is the lower cost of maintenance. There is no need for physical lines, and upkeep over this system.
Considerations before signing up for SIP Trunking
Like most things in life, you need to consider some issues before jumping straight in. SIP trunking does have some needs that you have to address. Fortunately, it will be broken down for you, so feel free to create a checklist.
You need to look at the usage rate. How many people are on the phone at the same time and for how long. Do this during your busiest periods of the day, week and month and keep a tally. SIP provides easy scalability based on your business needs.
Examine your network, especially the quality of service, the firewalls, and bandwidth. Sometimes an upgrade may be required for you to use a unified communication system. You don’t want your phone calls
interrupting work related internet usage. If the service quality stinks, your voice quality will drop tremendously. Most decent business routers can provide the better QoS than the average routers.
You might also integrate a switch to help move traffic along accordingly to priority, such as an MPLS, which lets you choose what data is most important and should be sent first. The firewall software will need to be able to allow the SIP Trunks to function on the local network and Wide Area Networks.
The Prime Business Benefits
There are many benefits for switching to SIP Trunks. While it seems like it might be a lot of work, it doesn’t have to be. Most network administrators can get you up and running in less than four hours.
Usually, you will have some initial chats about what you are looking for, how many locations you have, what hardware you are using, and what kind of bandwidth you’re looking for. You don’t have to know all these things now, a good provider should be able to walk you through the integration of these new lines. They’re the experts, they won’t expect you to know everything.
Onto the benefits
Your monthly line and DID (Digital Image Design) rental will be cheaper. You will have lower per-call charges than with traditional phone lines. If you have trouble with the system, SIP providers are now better equipped to handle your needs with a stronger customer support base. You should have the option to manage your own network, or leave it to your provider. Many larger telecom companies provide 24 hours a day monitoring and are able to locate, and fix, issues, before you even know they have occurred.
If you ever move locations or expand your business, you are free to keep the same number. Just like switching cell phone providers. You can take it with you.
Say good riddance to VoIP gateways, and regular traditional telephone systems. Your calls come in on the IP; no conversion over multiple networks, means more money in your pocket. You can add new channels, or trunks, almost instantly to help handle heavy call loads or the demands of a growing business. SIP trunks make it easy to customize the right amount of channels to maximize your business needs.
Cost and Provider Considerations
Cost is usually the main determining factor in any systems integration. The biggest punch to a company’s budget could be the network upgrade. Don’t let it get you down. There are plenty of service providers that are cost effective.
In some instances, you may only need a software change or addition to get going, and not a complete overhaul of your network system. However, when considering the increase in productivity and viewing this as an investment for your company’s future, the initial cost are sure to be recouped in increased profits and minimized future spending.
There are many unique benefits with SIP trunks, and each company offered different rates and services. Be sure to talk to several providers before deciding what’s best for you and your company. Communication is important in today’s world, don’t get left behind.