Due to its overall benefits, many businesses these days have switched to SIP Trunking. Should your company follow suit? Here is everything your company should know before switching to SIP Trunking:
What is SIP Trunking?
Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) Trunking is essentially phone service delivered through the internet. SIP is an alternative to traditional telephony. Making and receiving calls through the internet has many benefits. For example, with SIP you can lower your monthly phone bill by about 40-50 percent. SIP also allows you to integrate with the cloud. Furthermore, you can achieve a higher degree of flexibility and mobility.
How Much Does SIP Trunking Cost?
The price of SIP Trunking can vary. First, you have to consider the provider you choose. While some provider’s offer low prices, you have to be careful not to simply choose the cheapest one without evaluating their technical expertise and reliability. SIP Trunking costs also depend on what features you add and how much it costs to set-up and install your solution.
Things to Consider Before Switching to SIP Trunking
Before making any decisions, you need to do your homework. For example, does your current office environment support SIP Trunking or will you need to make changes? Here is what to evaluate:
You need to evaluate your Internet bandwidth to make sure it supports SIP Trunking. If your bandwidth isn’t good enough to support SIP calling, you will need to correct that. Otherwise, you will experience technical issues.
Number of Concurrent Calls
It is a good idea to analyze the number of concurrent calls your SIP Trunking solution will need to support. This is the best way to determine the amount of SIP channels you will need to purchase.
You will need to determine if your current hardware supports SIP. SIP Trunking is great for businesses currently using non-IP or digital PBX systems because you can leverage your existing infrastructure.