The financial pressure that all schools are under, is constantly hitting the news headlines. One of the areas where significant cost savings can be made is by switching to the latest phone system technology, specifically designed for schools.

Not only that, does your school still operate on an ISDN2 or ISDN 30 phone line? If so, BT Group has set a date to switch off ISDN phone services. Effectively this product has become end-of-life.

As schools telecoms specialists, with a wealth of experience, we’re encouraging your school to consider an alternative and that alternative is SIP (Session Internet Protocol).

Since ISDN lines were first designed, nearly thirty years ago, education has changed beyond recognition. Schools operate in multi-locations and require phone solutions that are flexible, reliable and have added features which support the dynamic nature of schools.

SIP for Schools Explained 

SIP trunking is the modern replacement for traditional ISDN phone lines for both internet and voice calls.  It is based on high speed fibre lines to provide low cost or no cost calling via your internet connection.

The solution allows a school to communicate with fixed and mobile telephone users and has many benefits which includes:

Cost savings – minimal upfront capital expenditure for the school and 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.

Flexibility – this solution offers number flexibility, enabling you to scale up or down to support temporary staffing. The same number can also be used across multiple sites, making it easier for parents and suppliers to contact you.

Reliability – built-in resilience features. These ensure fast, effective disaster recovery. Voice traffic can be automatically transferred to alternative lines including mobiles in the case of emergency to keep your communications systems intact.

Switching to SIP

In the past, schools have held back on converting to SIP due to concerns with the quality and speed of your internet connection. However, most schools in the UK now have access to excellent broadband connections.

The switch to SIP is simple. As telecoms experts in the industry, with years of experience guiding companies through the transfer process, we’re here to help!

Read how we helped Geoffrey Field Junior School switch to SIP to meet their future communication requirements.

Call Neil Munslow at iCS Communications today on 0800 9 77 88 99 to find out more about our school’s systems and arrange a FREE consultation.

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