Enterprises are perpetually faced with top down initiatives to lower cost and leverage new technology through network migration. The trend today is migrating to Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and other converged IP services. To do so, IT and Telecom departments need to be armed with detailed information to make informed decisions about their network to increase productivity and savings. Oftentimes this information is not readily available and the enterprise is not positioned to take advantage of technological advances in a cost effective and efficient manner. This transition to SIP trunking for telecom, once implemented, will offer immediate cost-savings over legacy connections.
How it Works
VOIP is the most common IP telephony solution, however, SIP is quickly replacing it due to its flexibility, cost savings and convenience. SIP replaces standard phone lines and the need for multiple services and devices since its lines are virtual. The Internet Service Provider (ISP) integrates the organization’s multiple communication channels. All that is required are a PBX with a SIP trunk side, an enterprise edge device and the SIP trunking service provider.
Benefits of SIP Trunking for Telecom
So, what makes SIP trunking the must-have for telecom management success? Think large-scale consolidation, for both small and large organizations. The flexibility it affords is unparalleled in that there are no rules around data streams, allowing for various real-time, multimedia channels including voice connections, instant messages, video, file transfers and more.
SIP trunks also provide the opportunity for rapid return on investment. “Network architects and procurement managers can leverage SIP trunking services to slash enterprise telecom expenses by up to 50%,” according to Gartner. In addition, calls between SIP users are free. Overall ROI may be achieved in only months.
Risk mitigation is another factor to consider when discussing SIP and reliability of communications. Since SIP service is virtual, calls can be routed to any pre-determined line should unforeseen circumstances create potential downtime.