5 Benefits to using SIP Trunking Services

The market research firm Infonetics recently came out with a new report on the size of the global SIP trunking services market, which it says is on track to grow 35% in 2014 to $4.4 billion. Infonetics forecasts the market will reach $8 billion by 2018.

“There is no denying the world is moving to IP, and SIP has become the de facto solution of choice for businesses for IP connections. In North America, slightly more than 20% of the installed business trunks are SIP trunking today, with significant upside opportunity,” says Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics Research in a statement announcing the report.

SIP stands for Session Initiation Protocol, which is used to set up and tear down calls or sessions in an IP-based network. It works with all sorts of devices and applications, including voice calls to soft phones, video and audio conference sessions and other unified communications applications.

SIP trunking is an IP-based carrier service that can replace other services such as ISDN PRI lines and T1 or T3 lines. And, as the Infonetics numbers indicate, small and medium-sized businesses have some good reasons to do just that. Here are five of them.

1. Lower cost. While the figures vary widely depending on what you currently have and the exact SIP trunk offering you replace it with, savings in the 30% to 60% range are well within the realm of possibility. What’s more, while PRI and T1 lines are sold in certain increments, such as four, eight or 24 channels, you can order SIP trunks in any size you want. If you’ve got a small office that requires only one or two sessions at a time, you can order and pay for a trunk of only that size.

2. Highly scalable. And should that office grow over time, you can add more circuits to the SIP trunk, again ordering only what you need. No more trying to calculate whether it’s worth moving from a PRI to T1 or T1 to T3, even though you know you don’t need the entire capacity of the larger line.

3. More flexibility. You can also adjust the size of your SIP trunk to allow for variations in bandwidth requirements, such as to deal with seasonal changes in call volumes. Similarly, you can dynamically vary the amount of bandwidth given to any application based on requirements at any point in time.

4. Support for Unified Communications. SIP is crucial for enabling UC applications including presence and advanced features such as the ability to transfer a call from a mobile phone to a laptop-based soft phone without dropping it. SIP trunks provide the network foundation upon which your firm can deploy such applications.

5. Reliability and disaster recovery. Because they’re IP-based, SIP trunks are far more flexible than traditional “fixed” circuits such as T1 or PRI lines. Users can program SIP lines such that if a given user is out of the office, or an entire office is out of commission, the lines roll over to backup sites, phones or devices located anywhere on the company’s network – or at a backup facility. It’s all based on the business rules you set up ahead of time.

These are just a few of the reasons SIP trunking is taking off, as the Infonetics numbers indicate. Enterprises have been enjoying the benefits for years; it’s time for more SMBs to do the same original site.

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FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually, and Introduces a Number of New Changes Including “Equalizing” Treatment of Lit and Dark Fiber

On December 19, the FCC released the text of its Second Report and Order in its E-rate modernization proceeding. The new Order increased the annual spending cap on the E-rate program by an additional $1.5 billion—taking the cap from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion per year starting in the 2015-2016 funding year. This increase was expected after its prior order in July announced a new two-year initiative to fund deployment of WiFi but stopped short of raising the cap. The FCC predicts that requests for funding will “not . check here. . immediately” reach the new cap, although it notes that it is not possible to “perfectly predict” what levels of funding school and libraries will seek in upcoming funding years. (The new Order also extends the $1 billion annual WiFi initiative for an additional three years, without explicitly noting whether those funds are subject to the overall cap.)
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North Carolina approves second area code 743 for Piedmont Triad

336-743State officials approved a second area code for the Piedmont Triad that will overlay the current 336 code. The new 743 overlay for area code will be implemented before all numbers in that area code are exhausted, expected to be in 2016.

Officials from the North Carolina Utilities Commission announced on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 that the 743 area code has been approved for use. Local phone providers will provide details later on when the new area code will start, commission officials said.

The new area code will mean all local calls will require 10-digit dialing. However, local calls with both area codes will remain free.

Customers who already have 336 numbers will be allowed to keep them. The new area code will be used primarily for issuing new numbers.

The new area code is needed because all available 336 numbers are expected to be used up by 2016, commission officials said.

The Raleigh and Charlotte areas already have two overlay area codes.

Proposal for two Area Codes for current 336 in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding area

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on July 22, 2013, Neustar, Inc., in its role as the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), notified the Commission that the projected exhaust date for the 336 numbering plan area (NPA) code had been revised to second quarter 2016. in an earlier filed petition, in this docket, Neustar requested that the Commission approve the Industry’s recommended all-services distributed overlay relief plan for the 336 area code.

TWO AREA CODES AND TEN-DIGIT DIALING
Industry representatives have recommended a “distributed overlay” as the relief plan for the 336 area code. Under the recommended plan, a new area code would be assigned to cover or “overlay” the entire geographic  area using the existing 336 area code boundary lines. This would result in two area. codes for the same geographic area. The chief advantage of using an overlay relief plan is that existing telephone subscribers would not have to change area codes or telephone numbers. When telephone numbers in the 336 area code run out, new residential and business telephone numbers for the area would be assigned from the new area code. The chief disadvantage of using an overlay relief plan is that all local calls dialed using seven digits today would have to be dialed using ten digits (336 + seven-digit telephone number or new area code + seven-digit telephone number). A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation would require ten-digit dialing both between and within the 336 code and the new overlay area code.

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