Compared to other industries, the hotel industry has unique telecommunication needs. Though many hotel guests use smartphones these days, they still expect a quality in-room phone for easy access to hotel services. Thus, hotels and motels are the perfect clients for SIP services.
With Session Initiation Protocol or SIP trunking, hotels and motels can do away with typical costly phone lines. SIP is the technology used to establish a voice communication session on a data network, such as the Internet. The communication session may be a regular VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone call between two individuals or a multi-party conference call.
A SIP trunk provides the same service that a traditional analog phone line offers. The SIP trunk, however, isn’t connected to any physical wire. In a way, it works like a virtual phone line. Through a gateway box, the SIP trunk provider uses the hotel’s data circuit to connect the phone system back to their network.
SIPTRUNK, Inc. notes that the main takeaway hotels should glean from shifting to SIP trunks is the reduction in the costs of their monthly telecom bill. Here’s how the savings happen:
Eliminating the PRIs
SIP trunking takes away the need for Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines, which are essential in delivering calls to a public switched telephone network (PSTN). Calls can go to a PSTN through a SIP channel.
Paying Only For What They Need
Typically, PRI lines are sold in increments of 23. On the other hand, the hotel management can purchase SIP trunks one at a time; thus, they don’t have to pay for more than they need.
No Charges for Nationwide Long Distance Calls
Unlike typical phone lines, SIP trunks include local calls and long distance charges and may come with low international long distance rates. With these benefits, the hotel can save on its own business calls and reduce the nationwide long distance calls for their guests, as well.
Shifting to SIP may require the hotel to shell out a small investment, initially; but, in the long run, this amount is minimal compared to the overall savings that will come as a result of doing away with a monthly telecom bill. So, if you’re planning to resell or offer SIP services, the hotel industry is among your best bets!