Premise-based phone systems (or PBX systems) are simplified systems that give property owners more control over their communication configuration and options. The entire network is on the premises, including all the equipment necessary to manage a switchboard.
Premise-based phone systems receive a dial tone from a traditional provider. The dial tone comes to the central location and connects to the phone lines. On-premise systems have their own server. The company (or IT manager) is responsible for upgrading, maintaining, and expanding the network.
Want to learn more about premise-based phone systems? Consider the following information from Central Telephone Sales and Service, and find out if a premise-based system is right for your business.
Are Premise-Based Phone Systems Relevant Today?
Although modern phone systems such as VoIP and cloud-based systems have raised the bar in communication technology, premise-based phone systems are still relevant. They can be utilized in both small and large businesses.
Traditional PBX phone systems are a thing of the past, same with KEY systems. Modern on-premise PBXs can be digital, IP, analog, or a combination of all or any of these – all on the same box. The system relies on power and the internet.
Hosted on-premise systems can utilize any internet source, as it is always trying to get to the search engine to connect and make/receive calls.
Benefits of Premise-Based Phone Systems
There are countless benefits to using premise-based phone systems, because infrastructure is owned and managed by the consumer. You have control over every facet of the system. You know the capabilities of your system because you handle the development.
This is especially true when you partner with Central Telephone Sales and Service. We offer tailored premise-based options to help you find the right system based on your specific needs and business model.
Additional benefits include:
- No danger of fee increases.
- Ownership cost is lowered as the system grows.
- You maintain complete control with total flexibility.
- You can switch solutions as you need them.
- You can utilize the equipment as needed.
- Some premise-based phone systems don’t rely on the internet.
Minimal Space or Power Required
Premise PBX systems require little room space. You'll also be amazed at how little power they need. If you have an old analog system, you know how much wall space, modules, and cabinets you've had to take up to accommodate the equipment. A premise-based system can virtually be installed in a rack mount.
A Central Telephone technician rarely has to maintain or reconfigure the system for the upgrades.
Protected Against Internet Outages
Internet outages can be frustrating. However, a PBX system can still operate even when there is an internet outage. If the local internet connection is down, the phone system will reroute to backup analog lines.
You'll also still have access to cell phones and other facilities within your company.
Premise-based systems are built for real-time multimedia sessions between groups of participants (SIP trunking). This setup can lower operational costs by more than 50%.
You have full control of the call paths of your company. That way, you don't have to pay for a minimum amount of lines. It's a better value for your money compared to other telephone options.
Digital or Hybrid Integration and Upgrades
If you own a digital PBX system, you may need the wiring for digital or hybrid telephone equipment. Refitting to a cloud-based hosted system may require rewiring your LAN, installation of PoE network switches, and other expensive infrastructure.
If your current equipment features and functions are outdated, upgrading to a new digital or hybrid telephone system makes the most sense.
Analog phone systems can be connected to a digital or hybrid PBX. Routing calls from a client's private branch exchange telephone system to the public switched telephone network is accomplished with few issues.
Digital and hybrid PBX can be configured as a hosted communications network. IP phones can be quickly moved from one desk or office to another, which has been an advantage.
Digital telephone systems now support a station relocation feature, which facilitates the same flexibility.
Note: POTS Lines Are Going Away
POTS (analog) lines that traditionally fed on-premise phone systems are federally deregulated as of August 2022, causing support to drop and prices to rise. If this affects your business, reach out to our experts for solutions.
Central Telephone Sales and Service can help by transitioning the type of phone lines the existing on-premise phone system uses from POTS/analog to SIP Trunks, which include unlimited local and long distance calling, as well as automatic failover/failback in the event of power/internet outages.
Direct Dial Numbers (DID’s) are also a bonus to using SIP trunks over POTS/analog lines.
PRI/T1’s, typically costing around $400/month, can also be replaced with SIP Trunks for on-premise phone systems, allowing the monthly phone bill to be cut in half or more on average.
Get Communication Solutions From Central Telephone
Central Telephone Sales and Service offers a wide range of modern solutions for businesses looking to improve their communication systems. We offer digital, premise-based, VoIP, and cloud-based systems that can be customized for your company.
To schedule a consultation or phone service, call us today at 763-550-2000, or you can message us online here!