The concept of the integration voice and data communications, over a single unified network, has been in observance for nearly three decades. Initially, developers found the idea promising for use in areas such as educational and research facilities. More commonly, however, converged networks have been deployed on the corporate scope.
Voice over IP, or VoIP as it is most widely known, brings tremendous value to the business world. Migration to an IP telephony communications structure not only allows the small business market to realize the full potential of their existing network, it also enables them to save a substantial amount of time, money and resources.
After the initial planning phase has been executed, and the corporate network tested to ensure resiliency, businesses are able to implement a converged network with ease. Granted, depending on the existing infrastructure the initial migration can potentially require a large upfront investment; most businesses will experience a steady return on that investment with in the first year. During that year they can expect to see a financial reduction in regular communications expenses reaching an excess of 80%. Studies would indicate the average median of savings to be in the 45 – 65% range. Still much greater cost reductions than smaller organizations would ever expect to accumulate over a traditional telephone network.
The guarantee of such concrete savings should be regarded with praise by the small business market. Predominantly since those same businesses operating on a standard telephony network routinely pay up to four times more for phone service (per person) than their larger counterparts. Given the lack of scalability and indispensible tools associated with packet switch telephony, there is absolutely no justification in the hefty rate structure.
Migration to a VoIP solution not only provides small businesses with an overabundance of business essential features, it does so at a low monthly rate that is easily justifiable to the business unit.
While IP telephony is renowned for providing attractive cost savings in terms of domestic, long distance and international calling, cost savings can be experienced in other business areas as well. Businesses who routinely require their employees make frequent business trips, and that those employees be readily equipped with mobile phones, are likely to experience a significant expense reduction by deploying SIP enable WiFi mobile phones over a VoIP network. Doing so eliminates the risk of costly per-minute billing and roaming charges often put in place by regular mobile phone carriers. For employees unwilling to part ways with their iPhones, iPads and other popular handhelds and smartphones, Apple has recently announced their decision to allow the provision of voice over IP over the 3G (or VoIP3G) network. This proclamation is certainly a step in the right direction, and is sure to mean great things for the business communications market.
Through the use of voice over IP technology, businesses are able to mature their communications processes to the fullest extent, without sacrificing their budget to keep pace with industry competitors.