Telephony service is vital to most businesses. However, given the number of providers and services available out there, it can be confused when selecting which one is right for your business.
The telecommunications industry is also growing every day. New technologies are emerging to enhance communications between the business and its public and bring down the costs. However, to a business owner, the more options there are available, the more confusing it can get in the selection process. For that reason, we can up with this quick guide on how to select a telecom service provider for your business.
Determine what you need
Telecommunications needs vary from one organization to the other. One business may need just basic calling and internet and cable service while another may need more advanced cloud communications and SMS services. Some providers specialize in specific areas, so determining your needs is a good place to start in your search for the best services in the market.
Think of the network security and reliability
Most businesses pick a consolidated infrastructure that converges data, voice, and video over a single network. If the network is not secure enough, you will; suffer from repeated service cuts due to DDoS attacks, data theft, and tapping over your voice communications.
The issue of reliability comes in the ability for the service provider to maintain a high quality of the service and availability every single day. Poor network coverage, low internet speeds, and disconnects can be a potential loss of business.
Finally, even when the service provider has taken all the necessary steps, sometimes there are emergencies or natural disasters that can cause service disruptions. Look for the telecom service provider that offer an alternative means to ensure that you are connected as repairs are being made.
Look at flexibility and scalability
As your business grows, you should be able to increase the scope of your services, upgrade, and add new features without having to buy an entirely new product. This flexibility and scalability makes your system more adaptable and affordable. Moreover, select a company that has a history of upgrading their systems in line with the new technologies to offer you better services.
Check on the cost
Weigh the quality of service you get at the given cost. After evaluating telephony service providers in the above areas, compare their costs in term of the service you receive. Do not just go for the cheapest service blindly without checking whether it meets the objectives of the business.
Pay attention to contracts, terms, guarantees, compatible equipment, number portability, etc.
Pay close attention to any contracts, terms, guarantees (or lack-there-of), equipment policies, annual fees, etc. Be sure to research the terms and conditions of service providers as some will require contracts while others will not. Upgrading might also have restrictions, so pay close attention to the fine print. Check to see if a provider requires any fees for adding features, and keep an eye out for a list of supported or compatible equipment to see what options you have for building your network. If you are getting all of your equipment directly from your provider, make sure to understand how that equipment is built-in to your service. For example, if you cancel your service, what fees are associated with your equipment. If you are interested in keeping your existing numbers, many providers should allow you to port your phone number over.
Once you’ve gone through this list and checked off the items that apply, we would like to hear from you to see if you have any follow up questions. Contact one of our Representatives now and see if we are the right telephony service provider for you.