SIP for Local Exchange Networks

So what will SIP do for you?

SIP offers solutions for certain problems specific to Local Exchange Carriers.

Adding Lines Without Adding Copper

Rural and independent LECs serve various institutional customers, from municipal buildings to schools and businesses. Many of these customers are demanding more communication services - more lines, more capability.

At the same time, LECs are in the broadband business, bringing high-speed IP services to these same customers.

SIP enables telephony through the same broadband pipe that carries data, and the bandwidth demanded by even an uncompressed call is relatively small, less that 0.1 Mbs. The main quality impairments when IP calls are made through a managed network are due to dropouts caused by large data packets. These impairments can be managed with simple QOS settings.

Breaking the Traditional Serving Area

SIP enables LECs to offer dialtone into neighboring territories over the Internet.

Rural and independent LECs usually serve relatively low-density areas that are nearby to high-density cities and towns served by Verizon or ATT. SIP and the Internet allow a small LEC to penetrate the neighboring territory without the expense of co-location. Even a small penetration of a higher-density territory can add substantially to the LEC's existing subscriber base. And IP calls are pre-empted from state regulation as an "information service".