After BT announced that PSTN and ISDN networks were going to be phased out from 2020, UK businesses have got into a frenzy about transferring over to SIP Trunking but trust us, it is actually a good thing!
Alexander Bell won the US patent for the telephone back in 1876 and ISDN networks actually use the same setup in terms of design still today. Now think of how much technology has evolved, the digital age is rapidly shaping the way we do business and the communication industry should not be any different.
ISDN solutions are run on traditional phone lines that are becoming more troublesome to maintain and cost far more than SIP’s. PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) is a landline system for communication via voice analogue. ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) was then launched to introduce digital voice and video communication to the mix, however after very few updates over the years it is now hugely out of date.
Now is the time to transfer over to IP-based services such as SIP and VoIP before it’s too late…
SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) is part of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), and uses an internet connection to allow people to hold both voice and video calls on a cloud telephony service. The biggest difference in the upgrade is it will actually save you money as SIP users can communicate with other SIP users, globally, completely free of charge.
Migrating to cloud based IP services has a multitude of perks, the main significant changes are:
- Reduces contract bills
- No line rental
- No contractual services
- Lower call costs
- Use your own devices to make business calls
- Add and remove users in seconds
- Flexibility for remote working
This switch over also extends to another revolution, the next major technology launch of 5G.
5G is expected to arrive around the same time that ISDN is being phased out in 2020 and will transform the way we communicate. There’s whispers that it will offer internet speeds far greater than download speeds that are only available through a direct fibre connection which further supports the transition over to SIP Trunks and VoIP services
Cloud based telephony services currently rely on wifi, 3G and 4G so with the launch of 5G the quality and service will only improve with telecoms innovation at the forefront of future business operations.