BT have announced their plans to migrate all customers to an IP network by 2025, switching off the company’s ISDN network.

As the leading business communications provider, this change will affect millions of businesses across the UK.

SIP technology has been available for 15 years, with many organisations still preferring to use ISDN lines for their familiarity. As of August 2013 there were around 3.2 million active ISDN lines in the UK. However, by 2025 all organisations will need to move to an SIP service. Although 10 years may seem like a long time, we believe that the migration process is just
around the corner. That’s why you familiarise yourself with SIP technology and its benefits.

What is SIP Trunking?

SIP trunking is the latest form of technology that delivers telephone lines using an external data connection as the bearer for the purpose of making and receiving calls. This virtual IP based service uses network data connectivity instead of dedicated fixed line technology methods.

What are the Benefits?

1. Number Portability

Using SIP trunks allows you to keep your phone number no matter where you are, as your phone number is attached to an IP address rather than a physical telephone line. It permits out-of-area geographic number ranges to be used – displaying your organisation as local, despite being physically located elsewhere.

2. Saves You Money

With traditional ISDN your voice and data connection are on different lines. You will be able to save money by having both on one line. SIP trunking can reduce your costs by 50% on line rentals and 25% on calls.

3. Greater Flexibility

SIP trunking gives you complete control of your lines – you can add additional trunks when demand is high, reduce them when demand is low and split calls to make handling more effective. Being able to make these instant changes will help you to remain in total control of your communications.

4. Disaster Recovery

Incidents that cause an interruption to service such as hostile weather, power failures and natural disasters, can have a detrimental impact on your business reputation. This can lead to an abrupt decline in customer retention and loyalty. SIP trunking can ensure you maintain business as usual, and can work around any eventuality.

How Can We Help?

Midas can advise you on the benefits to your business of migrating to SIP. We offer robust and scalable SIP Trunking solutions that match the communication requirements of your business; streamline call and connectivity charges, with the potential to eliminate call charges between business sites.

For advice and information about the benefits and savings of switching to a SIP service call us on 01793 279560 or email: support@midascomms.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

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