VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has been around a lot longer than people think — the first systems were installed in 1995, long before the internet was commonplace in the average consumer’s life. But that doesn’t mean that VoIP is the same as it was in the year The Lion King first came out (yes, 1995 was a long time ago).
The Rise of SaaS
In recent years, the prevalence of SaaS (software as a service) has exploded. In just ten years, the SaaS industry has ballooned from $13.4 billion to more than $150 billion, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Rather than spending potentially enormous chunks of CapEx (capital expenditure), companies can take on a much more reasonable monthly OpEx (operating expenditure) and still get the benefits of top-tier, enterprise-level software.
But this new business model isn’t just for software — infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is also on the rise, too. You’re actually already familiar with IaaS, even if you don’t know it by that name. You pay your cable company or internet provider or cell phone company a flat rate, and you don’t have to think about all the infrastructure maintenance that goes on behind the scenes.
Managed VOICE — the VoIP of the Future
Managed VOICE from Phonesuite is at the leading edge of this new shift in the way business is done. Operating in both the SaaS and IaaS worlds, this new system allows hotel owners to take on a very affordable monthly OpEx expense — often less than what they’re paying for phone service right now — in exchange for a full upgrade to both the necessary infrastructure and the software systems that support their PBX.
Managed VOICE is a truly modern solution to the communication requirements of today’s hoteliers, including features like:
- Installation and Deployment/Integration Testing
- 24/7 Support Software & Hardware
- SIP Trunking-Local/LongDistance/E911 Compliance
- Voiceware Hospitality Communications Platform
It also includes Voiceware, Phonesuite’s proprietary VoIP system. We’ve installed this system in more than 6000 hotels in the last 30 years, from tiny select-service hotels and independent boutiques to some of the largest full service and luxury all-inclusive resorts. Since phone trunks in a VoIP system aren’t tied to individual copper wires in the walls, you can scale up or down the number of phone lines in your hotel with no installation needed.
Why Switch to Managed VOICE
The main benefit of switching to a Managed VOICE VoIP system like the one that Phonesuite offers is the flexibility that it will bring to your communications. Adding and removing lines, moving and reassigning phone numbers between rooms and even between properties, and upgrading your software to add new functionality becomes far easier than it could ever have been with a traditional analog system.
There’s also the regulatory aspect. Rules concerning communications standards and the way hotel guests are able to make phone calls are always changing, most recently with Kari’s Law and the RAY BAUM’S Act, which went into effect in early 2020. With an analog system, compliance with those new laws might have required an entirely new set of phone lines and wiring throughout the hotel. With a VoIP system, it’s a simple software upgrade.
Upgrading flexibility isn’t the only thing that Managed VOICE brings to the table. Our customers also enjoy:
- Cost savings: since there’s virtually no infrastructure upgrading involved in a VoIP system, hoteliers are avoiding a potentially enormous upgrade cost in place of a monthly fee that’s often the same or lower than what they were already paying.
- Employee efficiency: the automation and customization allowed by a digital system will free up the time that your employees would normally spend on repetitive tasks and allow them to spend more time where it matters — face to face with customers.
- Call quality: the voice signal on an analog system is dependent on the quality of the copper wire itself, which might be decades old. With VoIP calls, the only limitation is your internet connection.
Talk to Phonesuite Today
Hotels have a bit of a reputation for using outdated technology, and their phone and communication systems are no exception. But the world of technology outside the walls of your hotel is moving faster and faster, and guests are starting to expect the same convenience that they’d find at home.
The best way to make sure that your hotel keeps pace with the advances of the 21st century is with a flexible, future-proof Managed VOICE phone system from Phonesuite. Your initial investments are low and software upgrades are free for the lifetime of your contract, ensuring that you stay current for years to come. If you’re curious about the cost of upgrading, get in touch with Phonesuite today.