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SIP Trunking On The Rise.

The use of SIP Trunking by small and medium sized businesses in the UK has risen dramatically over the last twelve months compared to the previous three years data.  The rise in SIP Trunk usage in the UK has been driven by the change in business phone system technologies that have been implemented by the leading phone system manufacturers such as Panasonic, Avaya and Siemens.  New communications platforms from these leading systems providers such as the Panasonic NS1000 have focused heavily on SIP technology and promote the use of both IP Telephones for extensions and SIP Trunking to replace traditional PSTN Analogue, ISDN2e and ISDN30e telephone lines.

The move to SIP trunking has not yet been driven by pricing or service except in the case of new installations where the cost of installing multiple SIP Trunking channels is far cheaper and quicker than analogue or ISDN phone lines.  SIP Trunk channel rental combined with the cost of using a dedicated broadband service to deliver high quality VoIP calls will usually cost the same as renting the equivalent number of PSTN or ISDN telephone lines, and the typical call charges for using a VoIP service compared to normal phone lines are usually the same.

During 2011, there were 127 new suppliers of SIP Trunk providers in the UK compared to only 32 new SIP Trunking providers in 2010 and this should help drive down the price, provide new innovation and improve quality.

The increase in SIP Trunking has also promted a new range of VoIP Gateway products that will enable business users to utilise SIP Trunks without changing their existing analogue or ISDN phone system.  A VoIP Gateway will connect to the phone system trunk ports and provide conversion of these traditional telephone technologies to VoIP so that businesses can take advantage of the VoIP revolution.  Oneproduct that does just this is the Onestream VoIP Gateway that provides PSTN and ISDN2e connectivity for SIP Trunking as well as providing two built-in GSM channels to enable low cost calls to mobile phones, as well as offering mobile extension capabilities and the connection of IP Phones to provide extra capacity in the office or for homeworkers.


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Gigaset DX800A Launched 10th Feb 2011

The Siemens Gigaset DX800A small business phone system will be launched in the UK at an event held in London at the Institute of Electrical Engineering.  Hosting the launch is Provu, a leading distributor of VoIP Phones and associated telecoms equipment.

Gigaset DX800A

The Gigaset DX800A an ISDN Phone System that connects to a single ISDN2e telephone line and also has built in VoIP capability for connection to SIP Trunks.  Additional handsets connect to the main telephone unit wirelessly using DECT, making installation of this SoHo mini phone system a breeze.  The Gigaset DX800 will support up to 4 telephone lines (2 x channels of ISDN and 2 x SIP Trunks) and a total of 6 extensions (main unit plus 5 cordless DECT handsets Gigaset SL78H).

The Siemens Gigaset DX800A is sure to please with it’s ease of installation, flexibility of ISDN and SIP Trunking connectivity, a large system memory and it’s award winning design.

For details of the DX800A small business phone system please visit the Gigaset Website.

Onestream offers easy way to upgrade to VoIP

The Telecom FM range of Onestream VoIP GSM Gateways offer businesses with traditional analogue or ISDN2e telephone systems to easily take advantage of low cost calls using VoIP telephone services.  The Onestream Gateway connects between the phone system and telephone lines and then connects to the broadband router so that it can route calls from the phone system over the internet to a VoIP service provider (SIP Trunking) to enable low cost calls.

As well as offering the abilty to make VoIP Calls, the Onestream Gateway also features a built in 2 channel GSM Gateway that can use mobile phone SIM cards from the major networks including O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange so calls from the phone system cal also be routed directly over the mobile phone network and using the low cost inclusive, cross network call packages from these mobile phone networks, calls to mobile phones can typically be reduced by 50%.  The Onestream GSM Gateway even has the abilty to track the number of minutes used on calls to mobile phones so there is no overspend on inclusive minute bundles.

As well as offering the small business an easy way to use VoIP and GSM networks to save money on calls, the Onestream gateway can connect branch offices and home workers and even provide mobile extension functionality so that cals be be directed to external numbers including mobile phones, homeworkers and branch offices and calls answered on these external telephones can be transferred back to the office phone system making it a truly mobile extension solution.

To read more about the Onestream Gateway and view the Onestream presentation which explains how the Onestrem Gateway can benefit your business visit the dedicated Onestream Gateway site.

The Onestream Gateway has different models depending on your phone system type.  There is the Onestream GFX for analogue phone systems and the Onestrem GBRI2 and Onestream GBRI4 for ISDN2e phone systems and for businesses that have already upgraded to a VoIP phone system but want to make low cost calls using a GSM Gateway then the Onestream G is a VoIP GSM Gateway.


How does a SIP Trunk service really compare to ISDN in terms of cost, quality and reliability?

Below are two comparisons between SIP Trunks and ISDN Telephone Lines, showing both installation and ongoing rental charges.  The first comparison is an example using 4 channels of ISDN2e with 20 DDI Numbers, typical of a small business user in the 4-12 extension marketplace.  The second comparison uses the example of a larger business using 30 channels of ISDN30e with 200 DDI Numbers.

In our experience, call charges between SIP Trunks and ISDN lines are very similar, after all the calls are being carried by the same tier one carriers so will all be subject to the same core costs so for the purposes of our comparison we are only showing the costs of installation and rental.  Our comparison is based upon using a business grade SIP Trunk service provider with high quality broadband services to provide near ISDN call quality and reliability, against ISDN lines provided by a competitive service provider ie. not BT.

New IP system for the Broads

A LEADING North West based telecommunications provider has transformed communications in the Broads Authority after using cutting edge technology to successfully install a brand new system.

Octagon Communications, which supplies installs and maintains a full range of business telecommunications systems, installed the large VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) suite for the Broads Authority – with the system now linking up six tourist information centres and three field bases across the Broads National park

The new technology, consisting of two phone systems 12 miles apart now enables all tourist information systems to be linked together in one.

The main pull of this system is that the broads can now accurately track statistics for all calls allowing them to gauge popular periods of the day, week, month and year.

Bill Housden, Head of IT & Collector of tolls for the Broads Authority, said:

“This new system has brought about massive change for the authority.

We have gone from using a very inflexible system to one that is now extremely flexible.

“The benefits this system has given us are wide reaching – we can now make calls across our sites without being charged, staff can move desks quickly and easily without problems being caused by changing telephones and internet technology can be used to deliver voice messages across sites. We can also use the technology to help collect statistics which will be invaluable in helping us shape our services for the future. ”

Bill Housden added that the installation of the system had also enabled the authority to make huge savings because they now have much greater control over their telecommunications due to the flexibility this system brings.

Speaking about Octagon Communication, Bill added:

“The installation of the system went very smoothly and quickly. We were extremely pleased with the work undertaken by Octagon Communications and have found the company to be both helpful and reliable. The aftercare has also been excellent and we have been delighted with the service.”

For Wigan based Octagon Communications this latest success sees their third installation of a system of this kind. And, Octagon beat off huge companies including BT and Cisco, to win the tender.

Roy Parry, Managing Director for Octagon Communications, said:

“We have previously installed IP systems in Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia successfully and our reputation for being fast and efficient proceeded us, enabling Octagon to gain this latest contract with the Broads Authority.

“IP technology is at the very cutting edge and has made a huge difference to our customers like the Broads Authority – the installation of this system now means that callers can be transferred to different tourist information offices without having to ring another telephone number.”

Stating that IP business telephone systems provide sophisticated communications features for businesses of all sizes, Roy Parry, added:

“This technology provides one integrated system for all office locations by networking multiple systems to work together. The voice over system incorporates telephone calls, and voice messages being sent via the internet.”

Roy believes that Octagon has a huge advantage over other companies offering similar technologies:

“Because Octagon is a small firm and we operate a very personalised and friendly service. We provide excellent follow-up customer care as we know how important this is to our clients, particularly when the system is new and they are developing their understanding of it.”

To find out more about Octagon Communications and the range of telecommunications systems they have on offer, including IP technology, visit www.octagoncommunications.co.uk

BT Wholesale launch IP Voice Services

BT Wholesale have announced the launch of IP Voice services including SIP Trunks and Hosted Telephony solutions. 

It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 SIP trunks and 500,000 Hosted Telphony seats currenly in use in the UK, with analysts predicting a rise over the next five years to over 500,000 SIP Trunks and an estimated 2,000,000 Hosted PBX extensions due to the increasing availability of fast and reliable broadband services. 

Many business users are exploring the use of SIP Trunks as a replacement to ISDN Services to help drive down the cost of annual rentals.  This choice is made easier when installing a new telephone system becuase most phone systems either have built in VoIP Telephone Line capability or have a very low cost to implement a VoIP solution.