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Is SIP a Game Changer for Businesses? Yes, and Here’s Why

Chuck Harris

5 ways SIP Trunking saves your business money.

SIP Trunking — it may sound new but the truth is SIP Trunking has been around for over a decade.  In the past few years it has moved into the mainstream as the preferred method of connecting premise-based PBXs to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

More and more companies are wising up to the savings presented by using SIP Trunking as opposed to outdated Primary Rate Interfaces and analog lines. In fact, if your company isn’t using SIP for IP-based communications, it’s probably spending too much on communications.

Because SIP Trunking works over the Internet it can dramatically reduce costs associated with transporting calls from point A to point B.  Cutting down on the of cost calling is one thing, but is that the only way it saves?

Why SIP Trunking is changing the business communications game

The IP-based communications world is rapidly cozying up to SIP Trunking.  Here are 5 reasons why it’s a clear choice for many businesses.

1).  Calls are carried over IP Networks (the Internet) – saves money.

SIP allows phone calls to be carried from a premise-based PBX to the Public Switched Telephone Network over the Internet.  The same connection carries your data traffic. This eliminates the cost of outdated and expensive separate circuit switched trunk lines just for voice.

2).  Better scalability – pay only for what you need.

A traditional Primary Rate Circuit is a physical  connection which dedicates channels to be used just for voice calls.  It is sold in 24 channel increments (23 for voice traffic, 1 for signaling).  If you fill up the PRI and need just one more voice channel – sorry, you have to buy an entire additional PRI circuit.

As you can imagine, doing this at multiple locations can be very costly.  SIP uses the same network as your data traffic so if you need more capacity, all you need to be sure of is that you have enough bandwidth to carry your voice and data.  If you do, just add more SIP traffic to it.

 3).  Most PBX’s now support SIP natively – no expensive line cards.

Newer PBXs come with SIP interfaces built right in.  The physical connection used is standard Ethernet so it eliminates the cost of expensive PRI line cards in your PBX.

4).  Better control and flexibility with SIP – great for disaster recovery

Because SIP and Voice over IP calls are packetized (data packets) they can be easily re-routed to alternate locations in the event of a disaster or equipment outage.  Disaster recovery is an attractive feature of using SIP Trunking.  Our disaster recovery solution is the most flexible and robust on the market.  See our Video on Autodetecting Disaster Recovery.

5).  SIP is the future of business communication – time to move.

SIP allows for unified communication and is used for the signaling and transmission of data packets which can include voice or other forms of information like video. This provides the user a rich communications experience as communication solutions continue to converge. SIP is definitely the future for delivering business communications.

Ah, but here’s the rub…

Not all SIP Trunking services are the same. It’s critical to do your homework and compare plans and providers to ensure that the services you get are the ones that are right for your business.

Your communications solution, like all other systems and platforms you use, should align with your organization’s needs and structure.  It needs to be scalable and be able to support your future needs, not just today’s requirements.

Think of the savings not just in dollars and cents, but also in terms of maintenance, support, and longevity.

nexVortex has been delivering SIP Trunking and cloud communication services for more than 11 years. Our Uncommon Know-How means we will work to tailor a communications solution that provides for your needs today and tomorrow. Contact us today to learn more about SIP Trunking and all our services.


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