Session Initiation Protocol 101

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You have been hearing the terms SIP, SIP trunks, and SIP trunking left and right from people around you, and you have been wondering what it is all about. These terms are often used in the telecommunications industry. They are services that provide a lot of benefits to businesses and individuals.

Alongside with its popularity is the rapid growth of the number of wholesale providers of SIP trunk services all the over the country. Here are the basic things you need to know about the tech acronym.

What Does SIP Stands for?

Session Initiation Protocol or SIP is a kind of technology used to establish voice contact session through your data network. It involves voice and data connections between two parties over a data network, such as the Internet.

The SIP session could be a normal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), wherein you send voice data using the IP instead of the traditional transmission.

What are SIP Trunks?

You are familiar with a conventional analogue phone line, right? In one way or another, you have tried using one. SIP trunks give you a similar service. The only difference is how they are connected.

A traditional analogue phone physically connects to another through a telephone cable or wire, while a SIP trunk is connected virtually supplied by its provider. In a SIP trunk, your phone is connected via data circuit such as DSL, Cable, EoP or Ethernet over Copper.

How much does it cost?

The costs of SIP trunks services differ from one provider to another. Some suppliers will charge you the same way conventional phones or landlines companies charge its customers, which is by the minute or a per trunk fee.

On the other hand, others will offer you a flat rate for unlimited use with every SIP trunk.

Now that you have an idea of how SIP trunks work, you can determine if this technology can help in your business. You can now ascertain if you can switch to SIP or stick to landlines for your office communication needs.