By Susan J. Campbell
There is a drive to implement SIP trunking to lower operating costs and improve overall worker productivity. The right strategy for this implementation can vary, however, depending upon the size of the organization, the existing communications infrastructure and other variables.
To help tackle this challenge, TMCnet partnered with PATTON to offer a free webinar
: SIP Trunking: Three Key Strategies for Implementation. The webinar, which aired on July 20th
, is available for download
. Here, you’ll find a summary of the strategies your company can leverage for optimal SIP trunking implementation.
There is a paradigm shift in telecommunication and networking which experts predict to be fully realized by the year 2020. Meanwhile, the world of communication is in an evolutionary process expected to result in an all-IP network world. SIP trunking provides network convergence that will keep companies moving forward with those changes.
SIP trunking can help your business save dollars, maintain security and decouple telephone service from the telephone system. With SIP trunking, access costs are reduced through lower rates, the ability to share IP Network access with other services and efficient scalability through configuration of your existing equipment.
By providing a session border controller
(SBC), voice and data encryption and a single clearly defined public-facing IP address, SIP trunking delivers managed security to your communications network. And, separating telephone service from the telephone system not only provides your business with competitive choices; it helps you avoid interoperability lock-in.
SIP Trunking can be implemented in three ways:
· PBX with Trunking Gateway (News - Alert): appropriate for small- to mid-sized businesses this implementation preserves the investment in existing infrastructure, extends the use of capital equipment and utilizes existing processes.
· All IP SIP Trunking: appropriate for businesses of every size, this approach uses an Access Router and SBC to provide a converged on-premises network and allows for Unified Communications (News - Alert) (integrating chat, e-mail, etc.).
· Migration Hybrid: appropriate for small- to mid-sized businesses by using Access Gateway and Router to provide a smooth transition from old method to new and allowing for staged investments throughout.
To learn more about SIP trunking implementations that can work best in your environment, access this webinar in its entirety.
Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. ITEXPO (News - Alert) offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. To register, click here.Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by John Lahtinen