Enterprise VoIP

Learn about enterprise VoIP, factors to consider before switching
from an analog system, and how Beyontel can help you select
the right provider

What Is Enterprise VoIP?

Enterprise VoIP, or voice over internet protocol, is the highest-grade VoIP system available. It is built with the needs of large-scale enterprise-level organizations in mind, and has the capacity to handle many active lines at once.

Like regular VoIP, enterprise VoIP uses cloud-based systems to provide businesses with a wide variety of phone and communication services that aren’t available with traditional analog phone lines. These services and features may include:

  • Voice calling
  • Call recording
  • Video conferencing
  • Integration with third-party tools
  • Auto attendants

Enterprise VoIP systems are also highly flexible and allow quick adding and removal of lines to suit the fluctuating needs of your business. This is especially useful for organizations that are rapidly scaling. These systems may be set up with a cloud-service provider, an on-premise system that keeps control in-house, or a hybrid of the two, depending on an organization’s needs.

In general, despite an initial upfront cost for set-up, enterprise VoIP systems are highly cost-effective compared to analog legacy systems, with businesses seeing up to an 80% savings in yearly costs.

If you want help determining which enterprise VoIP provider will provide your business with the best services for your needs, sign up for Beyontel today. We will help you weigh your options and give you expert advice on which provider and plan is best for you.

Tips for Choosing an Enterprise VoIP Provider

With so many options out there, it can be difficult to decipher which provider works best for your current and future needs. Even if you choose a service that works great for you right now, it may not end up working that well in one or two years when your needs as an organization changes.

The last thing you want to do is end up with a provider that doesn’t allow you to scale when you need it, or charges you unnecessarily high fees for adding more services or phone lines. Here are a couple factors you should consider when selecting a provider to ensure your business has a smooth transition and can utilize the same provider’s services for years to come.

Check Your Bandwidth Requirements

Plan Your Budget for the Next 1 to 2 Years

Since VoIP telephony takes a substantial amount of bandwidth, it’s important to ensure you have the correct hardware setup to allow your VoIP system to work properly.

In order for enterprise VoIP systems to run smoothly, you need to have a QoS (quality of service) router, in addition to a premium data plan with your internet service provider. This will allow your router to prioritize real-time data coming over video and audio channels over non-real time data from things like emailing and web browser. This is necessary because VoIP primarily uses real-time data to facilitate communications.

Typically, making 100 calls at once over VoIP would take about 1000 megabits per second to 1 gigabit per second, while making 10 calls at once will average 5 to 10 megabits per second. Determining your exact bandwidth requirements will depend on the size of your organization and a rough estimate for how many calls would be taking place at once, on average. You should also consider your upstream and downstream speed.

Most VoIP providers will give you an estimation of how much bandwidth they will need to function properly based on the amount of lines you need, your equipment configuration, your router type, and any extra features you opt in for. Sometimes, they may even provide internet service as part of your package — it all depends on the package and provider you select.

Plan Your Budget for the Next 1 to 2 Years

Although switching to enterprise VoIP allows for massive savings in the long run, there are initial set-up costs that may deter businesses from making the switch. Depending on what your existing phone system is like and what you’re looking to get out of a new VoIP system, this initial set-up may involve buying new phone systems, upgrading your routers and modems, or paying to keep your number.

All these costs can add up, but they come with the benefit of helping you save money in the long run. When determining your budget, you have to factor in both the startup costs and the long-term savings. This may include weighing things like:

  • Expenses you would accrue from the long-term upkeep of your current legacy system
  • Expenses you would save from the long-term upkeep of a new VoIP system
  • The cost of new features you can implement with VoIP
  • The cost of these same features if you were to add them through traditional means

And so on. Overall, implementing an enterprise VoIP system will help you save in the long-term, but you still need to know how this savings weighs against your current monthly bills. You also need to ensure you have the budget to pay for the initial setup.

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