April 15, 2013

Five Ways Centralized Sip Trunking Can Reduce Headaches, Improve Productivity, and Save Money

With today’s ever evolving world, limited resources and changing technology, who wouldn’t like to save 30 to 50% in overall telecommunication spend?  If you’re that person, have you considered SIP?  Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is the new school of thinking among enterprises that want to modernize their communications networks. For larger companies with multiple locations, centralized SIP trunking designs can result in a 30 to 50% reduction in trunks, and a corresponding reduction in spending, according to Gartner.

Here are five ways that centralizing SIP trunks can enhance your business communications, enrich employee productivity, and cut costs:

1.  Simplify with the one network, one system approach: Centralized SIP trunking allows your company’s wide area network (WAN) to transport voice, data and video traffic across locations. Say goodbye to the headache of having to manage different voice PRI lines for every branch office. Instead, standardize voice communications only once, and dramatically lower costs, simply by managing one network through one provider.

2. Make your voice network smarter and more efficient: If your company has more than 30 locations, it’s much easier to maintain direct control over the network from IP-PBXs at a few key sites.  You can make your voice network even more efficient by sharing bandwidth and call capacity among locations. This way, you can respond faster to changes in call demand – like peak outgoing call periods, or seasonal spikes in incoming calls.

3. Ensure that your voice network is continuously available: The best centralized SIP trunking designs incorporate failover for voice traffic among key locations. You can automatically route calls from one location to another in case of an interruption in your phone service. Call compression and bursting features ensure that you have enough calling capacity at any location whenever you need it, so you can avoid downtime, call delays, or reduced call quality.

 4. Enable the productivity benefits of Unified Communications: Businesses have to respond quickly in a competitive marketplace. This means that your employees must stay connected and be able to work from anywhere, anytime.

SIP-based protocols are the foundation of Unified Communications features for businesses.

Features like instant messaging, integrated voicemail and email, video chats, mobile access to the business phone system, and support for communications-enabled business processes make employees more productive and business run smoothly.

5. Better anticipate and manage changes: Change management is one of the major reasons why companies choose centralized SIP trunking. Network administrators can easily manage company-wide calling from one dashboard and make simple, quick configuration changes without having to rip-and-replace lines and phone systems.

Companies looking for centralized SIP trunking services should carefully select a service provider with the network reach and coverage to serve all branch locations, demonstrated VoIP expertise, and interoperability testing with a wide range of IP-PBX platforms.

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