What Is SIP? Session Initiation Protocol Explained

what is sip session initiation protocol definition phone system internet calling

It's a sad fact that only 7% of employees feel productive in the workplace, but it's true. A big part of the issue is that communications around offices aren't being streamlined to catch up with the ever-changing and evolving needs of the modern workplace.

But how can you stop this problem from persisting?

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a communications system fit for fast, effective, and clear communication between your employees and their clients. Read on to learn what SIP is and why you should get these technologies for your office today!


What Is Session Initiation Protocol?

If you're like most people, you've used Skype, Facebook Messenger, or Zoom to place calls to other people. These calls are made directly over the network that your device is hooked to rather than a set of PBX phone lines. As a result, they can be referred to as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software.

SIP is the technology that initiates VoIP software to run correctly and connect you with people over the internet. These technologies work together to allow you to communicate with an endpoint by sharing your voice, video, and other media.

It's important to find out more about these technologies before installing them. Make sure that you do more extensive research on the SIP packages that are offered and which ones might be right for you.


How Does SIP Work?

SIP trunks can connect directly to your phones, meaning that you won't need to completely undermine the infrastructure of your entire office and take your desk phones out. Instead, you can use SIP to connect preexisting landline phones to the web and use them to communicate more quickly and efficiently.

However, SIP trunks (and VoIP technologies) come with far more features than traditional landlines do. You can use them to share media like video and images, make conference calls, send PDF or Excel files quickly, and access faxes.


Benefits of SIP Trunking

But what is SIP trunking good for?

Well, as we said before, SIP trunking connects you to others directly over the WiFi. This means that you can talk clearly to people if you have a strong internet connection. At businesses, you'll be able to place calls to clients and colleagues without needing to worry about dropped calls and garbled speech.

Purchasing and maintaining SIP trunks also is far less expensive than PBX landline technologies. You'll only need to pay an installation fee and a small bill each month to keep your SIP running. There will be no need for the frequent high maintenance costs that you may have grown used to with landlines.


Get Started

While streamlining business communications is a difficult process, you can make it much easier with SIP.

Now that you know all about Session Initiation Protocol and why you need this technology in your office, check out the 'Tech' tab on our home page. Here, you'll learn about other modern and tech-savvy ways to keep your business phone systems and office running as efficiently as possible.

Bootstrap Business Blog Newest Posts From Mike Schiemer, Partners, & Blog Outreach Services