Do you know what Least Cost Routing (LCR) is and how it can help save you money with your VoIP business? Whether you have heard of LCR or are new to the idea V1 VoIP is going to explain what it is, how to set it up, and how it can help your business.
LCR is really ideal for most dialer traffic or even for Non-Dialer traffic if you are pushing in the millions of minutes per month. The benefit of LCR is that you will get the lowest cost route on every call based on which carrier had the lowest cost for that destination. Rather than pay a flat rate per minute you can easily lower your costs 15-20% or more using LCR.
If you own a proprietary VoIP switch or use a software driven server you might already have LCR as a feature in your hardware that makes your calls. If you don’t have it then there are a few options available to get it set up
If your volume is not large or you prefer to set this up in house then you need programming done by companies who specialize in LCR programming for SIP trunking on dialers/switches, etc. If your hardware is open-source, such as Asterisk, then you either need to have a very robust server with a lot of processing speed or get a separate server for the same kind of programming.
The most cost effective strategy for getting started are “hosted in the cloud” solutions which have no real upfront investment and are pay as you go.
There is an additional step in the process of cost-cutting with LCR measures and that is LRN Dips. LRN dips are an additional strategy for selecting the lowest cost route for all calls including phone numbers that have been ported from one carrier to another. The LRN Dip is a computerized Dip into the phone number pool of ownership to see which carrier owns the number and if the number has been ported you will many times get an even lower rate than just using Least Cost Routing. It’s a strategy you can easily save an additional 15-25% on top of the LCR savings.
V1 VoIP can help you in any of these situations to connect with the right companies to assist you in getting LCR/LRN Dips set up, so when you’re ready to start the process please contact us and we will get you started.