Choosing the best business telephone system
Choosing the right phone system for a business can be a complex decision. With options such as VoIP, ISDN, and analog, it can be overwhelming. Use this page as a helping hand toward making the right decision.
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VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a technology that allows users to make phone calls and video calls over the internet, rather than using traditional phone networks. It converts analog voice signals into digital packets for transmission and offers cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and advanced features like call recording and video conferencing.
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a telecommunications technology that uses digital lines to transmit voice, video, and data over traditional phone networks. It provides faster data transfer rates than traditional analog phone lines and allows for multiple channels to be used for simultaneous communication. ISDN technology has been largely replaced by newer technologies such as VoIP, which offer greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness.
Analogue lines refer to the traditional telephone lines that transmit voice communication using analog signals. They are also known as Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines. Analog lines have been widely used for decades but are being replaced by digital technologies such as VoIP. They offer basic voice communication capabilities but are limited in terms of bandwidth, data transfer rates, and advanced features.
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When it comes to selecting a telephony solution, there are a few options to consider, including ISDN, PBX, analogue lines, and VoIP. Each option has its own set of pros and cons, and the best choice will depend on the specific needs of your business. ISDN and PBX offer reliability and high call quality, but can be expensive and inflexible, with limited scalability. Analogue lines are simple and inexpensive, but lack advanced features and functionality. VoIP, on the other hand, uses the internet to transmit voice calls, offering businesses a range of benefits, including cost savings, flexibility, scalability, and advanced features. VoIP services are typically more affordable than traditional telephony options, as they eliminate the need for costly hardware and maintenance fees. Additionally, VoIP enables businesses to scale up or down quickly and easily, without needing to add or remove physical phone lines. With advanced features like call recording, voicemail-to-email, and virtual receptionists, VoIP also offers greater functionality than traditional telephony options. Overall, each option has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the best choice will depend on the specific needs of your business.
History of Business Telephony
The first public telephone exchange in the UK is opened in London, using analogue technology to transmit voice signals over copper wires.
The first transatlantic telephone cable is laid between the UK and the US, allowing for direct communication between the two countries.
BT is privatized and begins to modernize its network with new digital technologies, including Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) lines, which allow for faster data transmission and better call quality.
The first mobile phone network in the UK is launched by Vodafone, using analogue technology at first before transitioning to digital in the late 1990s.
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunks are introduced in the UK, allowing businesses to connect their phone systems directly to the internet and bypass traditional telephone lines.
Broadband internet access becomes widely available in the UK, leading to the growth of internet-based communication services, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which uses the internet to transmit voice signals instead of traditional phone lines.
The number of UK mobile phone subscribers exceeds the number of fixed-line telephone subscribers for the first time.
BT announces plans to phase out its ISDN services and replace them with IP-based services, including VoIP and SIP trunks.
BT confirms plans to switch off its traditional analogue telephone network by 2025, and to move all customers onto IP-based services.
The COVID-19 pandemic leads to a surge in demand for remote working tools, including VoIP and video conferencing services.
Ofcom launches a consultation on its plans to deregulate the UK’s fixed-line telephone market, in recognition of the declining importance of traditional telephone services in the face of competition from VoIP and other internet-based communication services.
The Call Recording feature allows you to record calls for both quality and training purposes. The call is stored in the cloud, which is easily accessible at any time needed. To remain PCI compliant, you have the ability to momentarily turn call recording off to take card details or other personal information.
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