Many schools are making the move to SIP trunking and enjoying the advantages SIP brings. It might seem a long way off, however, ISDN phone lines are being completely phased out within the next few years. There has never been a better time to consider switching your school phone system to more sophisticated and agile SIP technology.
SIP Trunking explained
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking is a way of delivering voice services over the Internet. SIP can be supported on the latest IP (Internet Protocol) based phone systems or we can use a Gateway to connect to legacy Private Branch Exchanges (PBX).
The current BT service called ISDN is now officially on its way out because BT has announced that it aims to migrate all its ISDN customers onto an IP network. In comparison to newer communication technologies on the market, ISDN’s legacy nature renders it inflexible, expensive and difficult to manage.
SIP Trunks are a scalable and highly flexible solution that enables schools to streamline communication costs and resources. The solution is easy to deploy and come with greater security, resilience, and flexibility.
The SIP trunking solution allows a school to communicate with fixed and mobile telephone users and has many benefits:
Reliability – built-in resilience features. These ensure fast, effective disaster recovery and continuity, which is important to keep communications active in the event of a power failure. Voice traffic can be automatically transferred to alternative lines including mobiles in the case of emergency to keep your communications systems intact
Flexibility – this solution offers number flexibility, enabling you to keep existing school phone numbers, even if your school expands to another location. The service can also be flexed with your school requirements to cover periods of high demand for your service. The same number can also be used across multiple sites, making it easier for staff to contact you
Cost savings – one SIP channel can cost approximately 50% of the ISDN equivalent in rental. In addition to this line rental saving, we can also deliver further savings on calls with FREE calls to UK local, national and mobiles available on certain packages.
Talk to our schools’ telecoms expert Neil Munslow at
iCS Communications on 0800 9 77 88 99.
iCS Communications is an independent supplier, offering specific telecoms solutions for education customers. We have over 30 years’ experience in this sector where we support a wide selection of schools and colleges of all shapes and sizes, from both the state and independent sector.
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