You’ve heard a lot about SIP; you know the networks are phasing out ISDN, and there are now more SIP circuits in the UK than ISDN, and so it’s got to be done, but it’s hard to feel excited about it.
What’s the benefit? Why now? Is it worth making the change? Is it right for you?
The mistake many buyers make when purchasing SIP is to underestimate the benefits of the move. By simplifying and streamlining voice, video and data and delivering the capability to scale quickly SIP is a critical ingredient in delivering happy customers – especially as you move your communications infrastructure into the cloud.
So, should you be looking at SIP? Definitely. As one of the leading providers of Hosted Telephony, we use SIP a lot. We understand how it works and what the best services available are – let us guide you through what you need to know and how we can help.
Why SIP From IP Solutions?
There is a lot of choice out there – many resellers all offering this week’s great deal to migrate to their SIP. You need to remember that telephony is a critical tool of your business; you need to balance cost with quality and reliability.
For us SIP is an essential tool that enables us to deliver our Hosted Telephony, UC and Contact Centre services, so we are pretty astute at selecting the right service.
We are not tied to one single service provider as this reduces our options and flexibility. We have a portfolio of services which enables us to meet the SLA requirements of our customers for the best possible price points.
If you call us about SIP, we won’t just quote a price. We will understand what you need, what value you are looking to gain and help you truly understand your options.
How you benefit from SIP
When just making a like for like for comparison, there are significant benefits that makes SIP compelling.
However, the greater flexibility of how you flow calls into your organisation enables you to work in a way that is simply not possible with ISDN.
Reduce Cost – any change starts here; we can help you compare the numbers, but you will find that SIP will reduce line rental costs and call charges, in some instances by as much as 50%.
Scalability – you no longer have to pay for what you don’t need. You can scale up and down SIP circuits in increments of one, a major plus over ISDN.
Number Flexibility – SIP is not tied to the number ranges of the local exchange; this means you can have a local number, from each region, non-geographic number, and free-phone numbers all delivered centrally over the same circuit.
Resilience – SIP is not tied to a single physical circuit; you can deliver your calls over your current Internet connectivity, you could put in a separate Internet connection, or you could spread the load to ensure you have no single point of failure.
Manageability – You will find SIP is easy for you to manage and control – redirecting a number is a click, not a request to the provider that could take days to execute.
What is SIP?
Rather than bore you with the technical definition of SIP, let’s get straight to the point and explain the differences between SIP and ISDN.
ISDN is provided as a fixed number of wired circuits, normally increments of 15 or 30, connecting your on-premise phone system to the local exchange and providing you the phone numbers within the number range of that exchange.
SIP is a standard protocol to deliver the same connectivity to the public telephone network, but delivered over standard IP-based circuits using business grade VoIP.
You gain greater flexibility in terms of scale and numbering, greater resilience in the physical connection and a significant reduction in both line rental costs and call charges.