Consolidate POTS lines – Most businesses have a few POTS or business phone lines at each of their locations. If a business has a number of locations, spread out across the country, they’re most likely dealing with more than one telephone company. The more locations, the more providers. The more providers, the more bills. The more bills, the more time spent administering them.
Here’s some bad news – business phone line bills are the only bills I know of that are subject to parasites. In any month, one of your POTS bills could have a third party charge ranging from ten to twenty dollars, for some service you never requested and don’t want. Third party billing charges necessitate thorough bill reviews, each and every month, adding to the time required to administer the bills.
POTS consolidators have agreements with all the various phone companies, across the country, so they can provide you with just one bill and one point of contact. And, guess what, POTS consolidators don’t accept third party billing.
Consolidate voice services – Instead of having voice services at each of your locations, consolidate them at a host location. If you group your lines together and make them available to all your employees, you won’t need as many. Plus, it makes the services easier to manage.
Centralize voice and data services – Delivering all your services to your host – your business internet and your phone service – allows you to achieve economies of scale and creates only one point of entry – facilitating network security.
Establish a wide area network – Local Area Networks were created so computer users could share software and communicate with each other. It makes sense to do the same with company locations. Networking your office locations creates a private companywide network. Network traffic can be regulated, so time sensitive material can be assigned a higher priority and non-work related traffic could be choked or blocked altogether. Phone calls can be made “on net” so there are no toll charges.
Use converged services – Why have one set of wires for your phone service and a separate set for data? Converged, voice and data, permits one set of cables and one network to manage.
If you would like help managing your company’s telecommunications, contact CarrierBid Telecom Consulting today.