How to Make the Switchover from PSTN to VoIP

More businesses are beginning to realize that in order to make the most of their telecommunications network, they need to make the switch to VoIP. With the significant savings and efficiency that VoIP offers over standard telephone systems, businesses are turning to VoIP to enhance their telecommunications network, optimize workplace efficiency, and strengthen global communications. While making the full switch can seem intimidating to businesses, by approaching it incrementally, you can seamlessly transition their entire telecommunications network with ease.

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VoIP enables better collaboration and communication among employees.

Why Make the Switch?

VoIP offers several key advantages over PSTN. The most significant advantage that sets it apart is its ability to connect businesses globally, enabling traveling and telecommuting employees to tap into their company's phone network from any geographical location. Additionally, it allows companies to save money upfront and over time, while substantially reducing the time and effort spent installing and maintaining the phone network. It's also equipped with increased functionality, such as videoconferencing and virtual auto attendant, which simplifies business meetings and improves employee collaboration. With more time, money, and geographical flexibility, businesses can rely on VoIP to better meet the goals of their burgeoning company.

Gather What You Need

Prior to switching to VoIP, businesses need to ensure their company is set up to handle the system. Fortunately, the requirements to launch VoIP are fairly basic.

All that's needed is:
  • A reliable broadband connection. The general rule is that you'll need enough broadband that one-third of your employees could utilize the phones simultaneously.
  • A VoIP adaptor.
  • DID Number (direct inward dialing)
  • An Ethernet cable.
  • An RJ11 phone cable.
  • A cordless or corded telephone.

Compared to the complicated hardware necessitated by landlines, VoIP is fairly simplistic. As a VoIP reseller, highlighting the ease of installation and use can help to sway potential end-users into making the switch.

Add Network Hardware As Needed

There are a variety of VoIP phone services that will require different network hardware in order to utilize it. Determine which features are desired from your telecommunications network to ascertain which additional hardware is essential. The hardware you purchase will depend on the type of firewall your network possesses, as some firewalls may block VoIP ports.


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Since VoIP is Internet-based, most hardware needs are eliminated.

Transition Slowly

End-users don't need to switch their entire telecommunications network to VoIP overnight. In fact, many businesses rely on both VoIP and landline phones simultaneously, while they continue to make the switch. VoIP provides easy scalability, enabling businesses to add trunks as they please. For businesses interested in testing VoIP prior to fully switching their system, they can invest in a few trunks to start and add more as they feel comfortable.

VoIP is rapidly emerging as the most popular phone network among businesses. AT&T has already stated they plan to fully transition to VoIP by 2020, and many other phone companies are following suit. Given the time, savings, and increased functionality it provides, VoIP is the future of phone networks. Fortunately, making the switch is easy, and requires minimal labor and hardware. Read more about the ways that VoIP can strengthen business communications.

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