It is a wise decision to make the change to SIP Trunking. Not only do you get Unified Communications and improved flexibility, but you’ll also receive a large cost savings. While making a large change to your telecommunications may seem challenging, it is actually simple. However, you do need to do a few things ahead of time to ensure an easy transition.
Check Your Bandwidth
By changing to SIP, you merge your data and voice networks onto a single internet connection. Therefore, you must ensure that you have the appropriate amount of bandwidth. If you do not, you will experience issues when you try to make and take calls. Fortunately, most business internet connections are strong enough to support SIP Trunking. Before switching, it’s important to speak to your prospective SIP provider first to make sure you won’t run into problems.
Determine How Many Channels Your Business Requires
Most SIP Trunking providers sell trunks based on a monthly fee per each channel. What this means is that it doesn’t matter how much time you spend taking or making calls from the US or Canada. SIP channels are similar to traditional phone lines. It allows for a single call at a time. Therefore, you must figure out ahead of time what your peak call volume is. Otherwise, you will find that you don’t have enough channels to take calls.
Figure Out if Your PBX is IP-Enabled
Your PBX is likely SIP compatible if it is less than ten years old. One way to tell is if it has an Ethernet jack on the back of it. However, older systems can still work with SIP. You just have to get an Analog Telephony Adaptor to convert the signal.