SIP Protocol Advantage
One of the most exceptional benefits of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is its application with Private Branch Exchange (PBX). A private branch exchange is a private telephone network used within an enterprise in which users share a certain number of outside lines for external telephone calls. This provides a significant cost savings to the company because it allows companies to quickly and easily make calls within their institution, as well as save by limiting the number of external phone lines that must be maintained. SIP can extend these cost savings dramatically by offering users free long distance calls worldwide. Once again, because SIP is internet based rather than running over traditional telephone lines, the cost of call transmission are as cheap as say sending an e-mail, that is to say, Free! While PBX is already an efficient use of office resources incorporating SIP into a PBX means taking such savings and capabilities to a new level. Incorporating SIP gives users? access to free interoffice communications, long distance calls, as well as huge savings in setup and transaction costs. These transaction cost savings are due to the fact that SIP is based on internet protocol allowing for the ability to physically move phones without any need for rewiring or new setup costs. Because that the system is peer-to-peer rather than cog and wheel like hardwired telephony means that there is no complicated setup necessary, but rather users can simply plug the phone into any available broadband connection and without the need for any complicated hardware or software, calls are ready to be made and received.
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) offers customers of traditional telephony fantastic cost savings, the flexibility to make free calls from anywhere in the world at any time, and the ability to expand a PBX system with no setup costs. Because there is no complicated hardware or software necessary to setup SIP in a PBX, implementing the technology is as simple as having access via broadband to the internet. Due to these benefits as well as innumerable others, expanded use of SIP in PBX and in a variety of other settings is simply a matter of expanded customer exposure to the possibilities of SIP.
Through the widespread use of instant messaging, SIP endpoints have become commonplace in the office setting. Instant messaging applications including Microsoft MSN Messenger and Apple iChat are SIP clients that can be used to transport voice and video free of charge. The popularity of instant messaging has lead to the creation of specific instant messaging protocols based on the SIP standard. Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) and Session Initiation Protocol for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE) are two SIP based protocols that allow presence information to be exchanged between SIP endpoints. Presence information is an indicator of a participant's willingness to communicate with another participant. For example, in an instant messaging client, the icon that tells others that you are online is a presence indicator.