SIP Trunking: What Is It? Why Should We Use It?
A new IHS survey shows 45 percent of respondents use SIP Trunking today for a portion of their voice connectivity requirements, rising to 62 percent by 2017 as the use of legacy trunks such as T1s decreases. But why the switch?
There is no questioning technology has changed immensely over the last 10 years, even more so in the last five. One area in which this is very apparent is telecommunications for businesses, both large and small. An increasingly common phrase in modern telecom is SIP Trunking or SIP Trunks. If you are reading this, we assume you are most likely a current or potential Mobex customer and not in the telecom industry yourself and therefore do not understand what SIP Trunking means and would like to know more. As always, we are here to help.
To fully comprehend what SIP Trunking means, you must first understand the S-I-P. SIP stands for Session Initiation Protocol. In traditional telecommunications, network engineers established a distinct difference between the two different phases of a voice call. The first phase includes all the physical needs one must have to establish communication between two devices; therefore, the phones or computers themselves. The second phase is the data transfer and the technology with which it transpires. SIP is the standardized communications protocol, otherwise known as the set of rules, for signaling and controlling multimedia communications sessions. SIP applications not only include voice calls, but also video calls and instant messaging.
Having established what SIP means, we can now move on to SIP Trunking. Although a SIP Trunk provides the same basic service you would get from a traditional analog phone line, you no longer need a physical wire to make it work. SIP Trunking is a virtual phone line provided by Mobex, networked via your data circuit (i.e. your internet).
Because SIP Trunking requires no physical lines and communicating over a computer network comes at lower costs, overall, it is considerably cheaper. Dependent upon the types of communications and calls you are making, SIP Trunking can potentially save you up to 50%, leaving a significant portion of your budget to go towards other business needs and/or increasing profits.
Getting setup is relatively simple. All we need to do is determine how many SIP Trunks you will need (typically one per every 2-3 users) and examine your internet connection. You may or may not need to increase your bandwidth, based on the amount of calls you expect to make.
Simplicity and cutting costs is just two of the many benefits of converting to SIP Trunking. In our next post we will further examine its many paybacks and how it can take your business to the next level. Until then, visit our SIP Trunking page for further details.
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