Intermedia Sonus

With the potential cost savings of VoIP in general, and SIP trunking specifically, it’s not a matter of if, but when companies are taking the plunge.  There are many reasons why SIP trunking makes sense to both Small to Medium Businesses and Enterprises alike.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Cost savings.  The cost of SIP trunks on a per-concurrent-call basis is generally less than that of legacy telephony trunk options, both for infrastructure and service.
  • Flexibility.  With legacy telephony trunk options you typically purchase a fixed amount of capacity.  Due to the circuit-based nature of the physical connections that deliver the capacity, it is not easy to add more.  Since SIP trunking utilizes packet-based (Internet) transmission, adding capacity is generally as easy as contacting your provider and ordering additional trunks.
  • Features.  SIP trunking providers often offer additional hosted features with their service.
  • Reliability.  SIP trunking provides increased reliability by allowing multiple paths for voice traffic to take between the sender and receiver.  This is due to the packet-based nature of the transmission medium and allows for redundancy not available in legacy communications systems.

Once you’ve decided that SIP trunks are the right solution for your business needs, you need to make sure you have the correct infrastructure in place.  One key piece of equipment is the Session Border Controller (SBC).  An SBC is a network edge device that provides security, interoperability, and call routing features to a customer’s voice network.

  • Security.  The SBC protects the customer’s voice network from a variety of attacks.  These include Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and unauthorized attempts to use the customer’s voice network, which can result in thousands of dollars in toll fraud over a mere weekend.  It also prevents information about their network from “leaking” outside of their control.
  • Interoperability.  Not all implementations of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) are the same.  There are subtle differences, which can cause service to fail outright or to not function in the desired manner.  SBCs can help smooth these small incompatibilities by providing an abstraction layer between two devices/services that would not normally work well together.
  • Routing.  In a simple call scenario, calls will route from one endpoint to another without the need for additional handling.  However, with an SBC, you can route calls more intelligently.  For example, SBCs can simplify the implementation of multi-tenant solutions or more easily handle DID routing.

Finally, you need to know you’ll be supported when needed.  ScanSource Communications’ Total Coverage for Sonus support provides the peace of mind of knowing that you have access to vendor-trained and certified support personnel when you need them.

ScanSource Communications has partnered with Intermedia and Sonus to package some solutions to introduce our customers to the benefits of SIP trunking.  These packages combine SIP trunks from Intermedia with a pre-licensed SBC from Sonus to provide a complete solution for customers who know they want to try Voice over IP for their end-to-end telephony needs, but who aren’t sure where to start. All the guesswork has been removed, as Intermedia and Sonus have completed the Certified Integration Interop, which ensures interoperability and integrated communications between the manufacturer’s hardware and Intermedia’s voice network.  Deploying Intermedia SIP Trunking can help you reduce your customers’ telco costs by up to 50%, which frees up funds for deploying a productivity-enhancing Unified Communications platform.  ScanSource makes finding a trusted provider for both your hardware and service needs easy.  And ScanSource Communications Total Coverage is included, too, so you can have peace of mind that you’re providing a complete solution for your customer.

For more information, contact your ScanSource Communications sales representative at 877-847-7000, or visit the Bundle Promotion page here.

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