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SIP trunking is one of the most popularly requested product from V1 VoIP for both resellers and wholesale agents. If you’ve wanted to add SIP trunking to your portfolio of services offered, allow us to explain exactly what it is, what it does and how to sell it!
SIP trunking stands for Session Initiation Protocol trunking. SIP is a service that allows an existing PBX or phone system to be connected to the Internet in order to use VoIP. A SIP trunk replaces your PSTN phone line with a VoIP equivalent. SIP is an IETF VoIP protocol that supports voice, text, video, and other online multimedia services.
Bandwidth is crucial when it comes to SIP trunking. You may need to purchase additional bandwidth for your SIP trunk and Internet use to work well without impacting one another.
Setting up a SIP trunking system requires a little bit of equipment, setup, and knowhow. You need three specific parts in order to have a properly functioning SIP trunking system. They are:
1. IP PBX
3. Enterprise Border Element
First, make sure your existing PBX or phone system must be compatible with SIP trunking. You may need to upgrade your PBX software in order to use a SIP trunk, as older systems may not be compatible. A PBX that can work with a SIP trunk is frequently known as an IP PBX.
You will need an enterprise border element to SIP trunk. This connects your PBX or phone system to the internet and handles the traffic of the SIP trunking service. An enterprise border element is usually provided by the SIP trunking ITSP as it represents a significant investment. ITSP refers to the Internet telephony service provider and they will provide you with a SIP trunk.
V1 VoIP SIP Trunking Features and Benefits
Calls made using SIP trunking, especially a call made from a SIP line to another SIP line, are astoundingly cheap. Calls within your current office and network are free. Local and long distance calls are also cheap, costing between a fraction of a cent.
A SIP trunk costs between $20 to $30 a month per line and includes unlimited local calling. Most often, a SIP trunk also includes unlimited long distance and nationwide calling. Please remember that SIP trunking is just a phone line replacement, though. If you need to perform extensive call routing operations, you will need to maintain your PBX on your own.
One option that SIP trunking makes possible is a near-free IP PBX through Asterisk. Asterisk is an open-source PBX software that just takes some technical knowledge to set up.
Many businesses are quickly discovering the benefits of SIP trunking. If you are interested in the possibilities of cheap, simple and beneficial VoIP technology, but can’t manage the extra expense of new equipment, then a cheap SIP trunking provider may well be the right choice for you. Contact a member of the V1 VoIP SIP department now and we will be happy to either answer your questions or get you started with SIP trunking services and solutions.