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December 04, 2007

Why SIP Trunking for SMBs?

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Small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are continually looking for ways to increase profit margins while keeping up with technology and efficiently communicating within their infrastructure as well as with suppliers, partners and customers.
SIP Trunking is an attractive and viable cost-saving move for SMBs because it offers several tangible opportunities to increase profits. The reduction in cost per minute for communication provided by SIP Trunking gives SMBs an almost immediate return on their investment when compared to traditional TDM delivery. For example, the cost of one SIP Trunk is about $11-13 per month as compared to the typical analog line which is usually twice that. Once the SMB realizes the economic advantages of SIP Trunking, monies can be redirected to other expenditures within the company.

For all companies, there exists a need to remain in constant communication with remote offices, suppliers, customers, distributors or business partners. Communications between company headquarters and satellite offices can be costly, depending on how the communication has been established.

With SIP Trunking, the cost of these everyday communications is virtually eliminated. Depending on the company, there may also be local loop costs resulting from separate connectivity to ISPs, ILECs and CLECs which can be reduced by deploying SIP Trunking for business communications.

When SIP Trunking is deployed an immediate cost savings of up to 70% over the cost of traditional communications networks can be realized.   SMBs can also receive a reduction in hardware costs by collapsing their LAN and WAN infrastructures and implementing SIP Trunking through their existing resources. Unified communications such as IM, video transmission and presence are becoming more widespread and when these services are employed individually, they can be costly. SIP Trunking provides a converged services architecture, supporting multiple forms of real-time communication. 

Historically, changing ones phone service can take weeks to implement, whereas Broadvox (News - Alert) SIP Trunking can be deployed in a matter of hours, enabling a substantial savings in labor costs. Disaster recovery options for the company are available along with scalability, offering SMBs the continuity needed during periods of growth.|

SIP Trunking is not an “either-or” solution. The flexibility of keeping some TDM lines for redundancy is an option that SMBs can use to provide additional disaster recovery protection while maximizing use of previously installed equipment. Through a gateway, the benefits of SIP Trunking can still be leveraged by companies with legacy CPE without incurring the costs of purchasing or upgrading to new equipment. Growth and progress means change and with it, an increase in the size of your organization. Managing configuration changes when SIP Trunking is employed takes less time, thus improving productivity. Moves, Adds and Changes (MACs) are performed through online portals saving both time and manpower.

In addition to the obvious savings in hardware and labor, the convenience and efficiency of a SIP Trunking solution also brings a reduction in administrative costs. Accounts payable and contracts administration processes are simplified by the elimination of managing multiple carriers.
 
SMBs realize cost savings and profit margin increases while reducing man hours and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their communications by implementing SIP Trunking. 

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