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A Hosted PBX is a VoIP business phone system where the “PBX Hardware” resides in our Data Centre. Rich in features, IP Telecom’s hosted PBX can save significant upfront hardware charges because the PBX software/hardware sits remotely at our facility and connection is made to it from your office through our connectivity with high capacity Internet Providers.
The advantages of a hosted PBX are the lower costs of installation, hardware and ongoing maintenance. The only onsite hardware needed would be IP phones which would connect to the Internet through a Router or Firewall device. IP Telecom maintains the software and servers at the Data Centre and provides technical support.
In many cases even if your PBX is not IP capable you can still use a SIP trunk to connect to IP Telecom. This is done by adding a gateway device that sits between your phone system and the Internet and uses a SIP Trunk over your broadband Internet connection.
Onsite VoIP phone system is where the PBX is a purpose built Open Source phone system which resides on the customer’s site. The main advantage of a VoIP PBX is lower costs resulting in having a business phone system that escapes the traditional cycle of having to replace entire systems for upgrades or expansions, because the traditional manufacturer wants to keep you buying entire new systems or expensive upgrades and propriety phones. Open source solutions allow business to acquire any SIP compliant handsets for use with the system.
A softphone is the general term used to describe when software is installed to create a phone connection using VoIP on a Computer or smart phone. The PC/Smart Phone acts as the phone with a virtual phone displayed on the screen. On a PC a head set with microphone is generally needed for good conversations. The quality of the calls using softphone is hugely dependent on the performance on the device where the software is installed.
Due to their dependence on Internet connectivity and implicitly power VoIP services are not considered to be good for life line services such as alarm monitoring, lifts etc. You should contact your individual alarm company’s technical support for exact answers about their connection alternatives. It should be possible to use a mobile SIM Card.
Lift Alarms are generally required to have a dedicated copper line and should not be connected to VoIP without further investigation.
Losing power at your premises can cause your Internet connection to go down. If this happens you will not be able to make calls unless you are equipped with a backup UPS which could power the connection for a limited short duration. Using a UPS to power your network equipment including phones should allow an Internet connection to be maintained for a short duration and should suffice for short local outages, providing that your ISP is still powered up from your connection to their head end. IP Telecom can divert calls to mobiles in the eventuality of any failure.
A Letter of Authorization is a document that allows IP Telecom to request your numbers from your existing provider on your behalf. This document would need to be filled out accurately, signed and emailed to IP Telecom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best next step is to have IP Telecom to process a Data Request. This record shows most of the information needed and how it should be listed. These errors can be anything from wrong company name to an outstanding invoice.
Please note IP Telecom reserve the right to charge for failed ports.
If it is discovered immediately there is a possibility that the porting can be reversed within 24hours, depending on the carrier and type of port.
In general though, you will need to request the old carrier to port the number back to them which is a completely new port request and can take up to 10 working days.
This situation should only come up if you have completed the porting request without understanding the implications of moving your numbers. IP Telecom is very experienced and can advise you on what you should and should not do.
If you are uncertain at any stage in the porting process please contact our porting desk for advice.
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