Views, News & more
It's not just server applications that are migrating to the cloud. Business telephony is heading there too.
That's according to the latest research by telecoms consultancy Cavell Group.
It found that UK business demand for hosted VoIP services surged by 31.9% in 2015, bringing the total number of seats (end-user subscriptions) to 2,175,065.
Hosted VoIP services aren't new. They've been around for years. And for years, they struggled to gain traction in the marketplace. But in 2015, that changed.
Business connectivity costs had fallen to a point where hosted VoIP services were becoming affordable for organisations of all sizes – including cost-conscious SMEs.
In 2015, many service providers took notice of this and began to actively market Hosted VoIP services to their customers.
Several second-tier PBX manufacturers saw that the writing was on the wall for on-site PBXs, at least when it came to selling to small and medium-sized businesses. In response, these manufacturers launched their own hosted VoIP services.
Two million seats is a significant milestone, but needs to be put in context. Figures for 2014, released by telecoms regulator Ofcom, suggested that UK businesses had around 4.8m standard (PSTN) phone lines and 2.9 million ISDN channels. Bear in mind that ISDN channels often power more than one phone number.
Expect the shift towards VoIP to continue, as ISDN users migrate to using SIP, and hosted VoIP services continue to grow in popularity.
|Advantages of Hosted VoIP|
|Disadvantages of Hosted VoIP|
Hosted VoIP services are growing, but on-site PBXs are far from dead.
They remain popular with many organisations, particularly larger ones.
Many senior managers (at organisations of all sizes) may feel reassured by the idea of having their own dedicated PBX, so prefer to stick with the more traditional approach to getting a phone system.
hSo offers hosted VoIP services, on-site IP PBXs and non-IP telephony. We offer hosted VoIP on a multi-tenanted platform. We also offer dedicated PBXs – on-site or hosted – proprietary or open-source. So whichever option appeals to your business, we can help.
We've written a guide to Business Phone Systems that you may find useful. It reveals…
To grab your copy of our guide, just visit any of the pages linked to in this article.