February 20th 2018

SIP vs ISDN vs ANALOGUE

WHAT IS SIP?

‘Session Initiation Protocol’ is a protocol of VoIP which allows users to make voice and video calls. Essentially, it allows the internet to be used to carry calls, just like a phone line.

ADVANTAGES OF SIP

  • SIP calls are the cheapest to make and are often free to make when made to other SIP phones depending on your provider
  • International calls are significantly cheaper to make than with ISDN or Analogue phones
  • More affordable scalability – cheapest to add more lines to the phone system
  • Can integrate mobile devices with a SIP phone system
  • SIP phone systems give you features, such as video conferencing or visual voicemails that aren’t available on ISDN or Analogue phone systems
  • More future-proof than ISDN or Analogue phones

DISADVANTAGES OF SIP

  • Call quality is reliant on your internet speed and quality
  • If your Internet goes down so does your SIP phone system, unless on a dedicated line

WHAT IS ISDN?

‘Integrated Services Digital Network’ is a technology that allows the transmission of digital data through PSTN lines (traditional phone lines).

ADVANTAGES OF ISDN

  • ISDN can provide higher data speeds than Analogue
  • Calls are always crystal clear and there is no reliance on having good internet

DISADVANTAGES OF ISDN

  • Is more expensive to install additional lines compared to SIP
  • More expensive to make calls using ISDN than with SIP
  • International calls are significantly more expensive to make than using SIP
  • Their use in the UK is dying as BT has announced that by 2025 they will shut down their ISDN lines

WHAT IS ANALOGUE?

An Analogue phone system works through copper wires that are connected from your local telephone exchange to your office. Once your analogue line is installed, your local telephone exchange will allow you to be connected to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) where your inbound and outbound calls will be travel through.

ADVANTAGES OF ANALOGUE

  • Analogue phones can still be used during a power outage
  • They can also support Fax machines

DISADVANTAGES OF ANALOGUE

  • More expensive to make calls using Analogue than with SIP
  • International Calls are very expensive
  • Is more expensive to install additional lines compared to SIP
  • Least feature packed out of ISDN and SIP
  • BT are also looking to kill off their PSTN lines as well by 2025

SUMMARY TABLE – SIP VS ISDN VS ANALOGUE

SIP

ISDN

Analogue

Benefits

Drawbacks

Benefits

Drawbacks

Benefits

Drawbacks

Cheapest calls

Reliant on good internet

Higher data speeds than Analogue

More expensive calls than SIP

Can be used during power outage

More expensive calls than SIP

Calls can be free to people using SIP phones

Goes down with internet

Crystal clear voices

More expensive international calls

Can support fax machines

More expensive international calls

Most affordable scalability

   

More expensive to add users than SIP

 

More expensive to add users than SIP

More features

   

BT to kill their ISDN lines by 2025

 

Least feature-packed

Phone Integration

       

BT to kill their PSTN lines by 2025

 

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