SIP Trunks are essentially virtual telephone lines, in that they create a phone line over your internet connection. By connecting your business to the phone network via the internet, SIP trunking offers you great flexibility and even better savings.
Being 30–50% cheaper than traditional telephone lines, SIP trunking is the fastest growing telephony service in the world. SIP trunking is a reliable, cost-effective voice service that is cheaper and more flexible than traditional digital or analogue phone lines.
Millions of people already have first-hand experience of VoIP through services like Skype that can be used to make free or low cost calls over the internet. Such services have grown in sophistication and reliability and are now widely used on a daily basis for both voice calls and data in the modern day workplace. Through a single internet connection, SIP allows you to divide your bandwidth between voice calls and data.
The development and falling prices of SIP has made VoIP a viable option for SME businesses. Furthermore, SIP can support an unlimited number of channels and therefore calls.
With traditional phone line technology being phased out by 2025, SIP trunks are here to help future-proof your business whilst saving you a significant amount of money on your existing line rental and call costs.
Instead of having to buy and install a certain number of fixed lines, SIP trunks can be scaled up or down in line with demand and without the need for additional physical line installation. Being great for flexible working practices, this provides the ability to integrate a home worker with a SIP based phone system. This enables them to appear as just another extension with access to the same phone system features as office-based colleagues, regardless of location.
In the event of a disaster or line fault, calls can automatically be routed anywhere else there is a broadband connection. This removes the need to maintain a parallel set of lines as back-up.
SIP’s number one advantage is that it is completely scalable. Depending on what your business requires, you can scale your telephony up or down with ease. This is very important to those businesses who are expecting growth – and those that experience seasonally-related busy periods when beefing up telephone resources to cope with increased orders, sales and enquiries is greatly beneficial.