The cost benefits of SIP Trunking are now well-documented, and lots of businesses are waking up to the idea that they can save up to 90% on telephony by implementing SIP. But cost-savings are not the only advantage to a business that can be obtained by having SIP Trunking.
A recent survey found that 32% of those questioned said that they rarely experience downtime when using SIP Trunking. 89% said that vendors either “very often” or “always” delivered on service recovery. So SIP Trunking tends to be reliable and when downtime does occur, the majority of business users were satisfied with the supplier’s response.
Let’s take a look in a little more detail at some of the more popular features found in a SIP system.
SIP Trunking can use just one channel, as opposed to traditional PRI circuits, which use 23 voice channels. This means that with SIP, you only have to pay for what you use and this can be increased or decreased very easily. Deployment is simple in most cases, and users can be added and removed through a simple user interface, which is usually controlled by IT.
#2: Simple Integration
SIP Trunking can easily be integrated into existing telephony equipment such as IP-PBXs and VoIP gateways. This allows organizations to replace legacy telephone systems with little capital expenditure. And SIP allows the purchase of a single line at a time, so it’s not necessary to pay for lines that won’t be used.
SIP Trunking can be quickly and easily deployed and doesn’t require additional hardware to be installed. This means that SIP is suitable for businesses of all sizes, from small home offices to large organizations with many different departments.
SIP Trunking allows the business to assign telephone numbers to satellite and remote offices with no fuss, so that an employee can be reached on their office number or their mobile device or IP telephone.
Numbers can be provided from any location, meaning that a business can have a virtual presence in any given city.
As discussed previously, SIP trunking tends to be more reliable than traditional systems and are not at the mercy of the weather as most fixed lines are. With this in mind, businesses considering implementing SIP Trunking should look for quality suppliers with industry-recognized certifications. These indicate that a good level of interoperability with SIP compliant equipment has been carried out by the vendor and is an excellent indication of reliability.
#5: Fully Customizable
Due to its flexibility, SIP Trunking allows you to set up customized calling plans to enable more cost-effective calling around the globe. Businesses can choose to sign up to a subscription, or choose a pay-as-you-go plan. Alternatively, businesses can purchase calling time based on the countries that they call the most and cut costs that way.
Get Set for SIP
If your business hasn’t yet considered SIP Trunking and its benefits, then it’s definitely something you should consider for the future. Whilst your legacy telephone system might not yet be due for an upgrade, you should consider switching to IP telephony anyway.
As it’s easy to scale up and down, SIP trunking can grow with the business and be considered to be an asset.