SIP Trunking

A growing number of service providers now offer PSTN access to businesses via public SIP trunk connections, either to extend their reach beyond their typical copper based network coverage areas, or so that multiple services (voice and internet access) can be bundled into a single network connection. Although detailed public SIP trunk service offerings vary depending on the exact nature of the offer from the specific service provider, SIP trunks can potentially provide several advantages compared to traditional analog or digital trunks. These advantages include:

  • cost savings resulting from reduced long distance charges, more efficient allocation of trunks, and operational savings associated with managing a consolidated network

  • simplified dialing plans and number portability

  • geographic transparency for local accessibility creating a virtual presence for incoming calls

  • trunk diversity and redundancy

  • multi-media ready to roll out future SIP enabled applications

  • fewer hardware interfaces to purchase and manage, reducing cost and complexity

  • faster and easier provisioning

IP Office delivers functionality that enhances its ability to be deployed in multi-vendor SIP-based VoIP networks. While this functionality is primarily based on the evolving SIP standards, there is no guarantee that all vendors, interpret and implement the standards in the same way. To help the SIP service provider, Avaya operates a comprehensive SIP Compliance Testing Program referred to as GSSCP. Avaya’s DevConnect program validates the operation of the IP Office solution with the service provider’s SIP trunk offering.

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