SIP trunking is climbing the corporate agenda as incumbent throughout Europe switch off their ISDN networks. Austria, Slovakia and Macedonia have already replaced ISDN with SIP trunks, and larger markets such as Germany, Switzerland and Belgium will follow in 2018. The majority of operators will have made the transition to an all-IP network by the beginning of the next decade.
To understand the implications of this move, Orange Business held a webinar on April 21, 2016. It shared how the switch to SIP is an opportunity for improving the overall enterprise voice and unified communications environment – and provided best practices on how to get there.
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The webinar outlined six key reasons enterprises should move to SIP, rather than wait to be forced by the incumbent.
- Cost savings of up to 50% on your telephony spend
- Simplify communications infrastructure by eliminating a separate voice network
- Increased scalability up or down to meet your business needs
- Better resiliency and disaster recovery planning
- Supports any device to collaborate from any location
- Easy integration to extend your communications into the cloud
At the core of unified communications
SIP trunking allows you to extend your UC functionality outside of your own infrastructure, allowing you to collaborate seamlessly with contractors, suppliers and partners. The same SIP trunks can address all of your domestic, international and local voice needs, along with other channels such as video and conferencing.
Success in SIP trunking comes from taking control of the project and not attempting to do everything in a big bang deployment. Look to undertake a phased migration to minimize risk and port all of your numbers over to your new infrastructure in good time.
After a Masters in Computer Science, I decided that I preferred writing about IT rather than programming. My 20-year writing career has taken me to Hong Kong and London where I've edited and written for IT, business and electronics publications. In 2002 I co-founded Futurity Media with Stewart Baines where I continue to write about a range of topics such as unified communications, cloud computing and enterprise applications.