People, systems, telephones, mobile devices, and the Internet make up a connected work that was once unimaginable, but is now indispensable.
But do you know the real cost of your business communications? Adding up your overall budget for Internet and telecom costs might surprise you. Real expenditures may be vastly inflated beyond the basic monthly Internet and phone bill by separate employee call plans and communications equipment maintenance and upgrades.
For Los Angeles distributors and wholesalers, your company is likely to communicate online and through mobile devices more and more. But with the right telecom tactics, you could be paying less.
Get a Better Network Services Deal
Immediate savings may be possible by changing your plan or changing network service providers if possible – and if available. Telecom operators continually adjust their packages to offer new services or to react to moves from their competitors. What was once a good deal when you signed up, may now be just so-so or downright expensive.
- Check out service provider websites. Some now have smart sign-up procedures that automatically orient would-be customers to the most advantageous price plans.
- Telecom audit companies may offer their services on a commission-only basis. If they cannot find savings, you pay nothing.
Optimize How You Use Your Network
Is your enterprise bumping up against bandwidth limits? Resist any knee-jerk reaction to buy more capacity and increase your Internet and telecom costs, at least until you’ve looked at the way you use that bandwidth.
- Verify that current networking equipment is set up to route traffic efficiently.
- Check that security measures (which remain essential) are not imposing any undue limitations on communication flows. Your firewall for example needs to be properly tuned to keep the bad guys out while letting the good guys communicate without hindrance.
- Identify any non-critical yet bandwidth-hungry usage that might be affecting higher-priority company applications. Sometimes a quick word with top users of such services lets you both find a better solution that meets their needs without squeezing the rest of business.
Build Cost Reduction into the Architecture
This is a longer-term solution, but also one that can save you the most money year after year. Better-designed networking equipment benefits users in two ways. It lowers daily operating expenses (OpEx) through more efficient use of existing links. It also provides a smoother upgrade path (CapEx) to meet future needs, avoiding costly ‘rip and replace’ moves to deal with boxes that just can’t get any bigger.
- Gigabit-level internal connections are already a reality for many Los Angeles distributors. But links at tens or even hundreds of gigabits are likely to be used in the near future. Pick switches designed to accept higher speed modules as they become necessary.
- VoIP (Voice over IP) combines voice and Internet traffic to save on Internet and telecom costs. Solutions vary from adapters on Internet routers to complete unified communications solutions.
- MoIP (Mobile over IP) lets users take advantage of Wi-Fi connections to make calls and access web resources. You’ll need to factor in security considerations and possible Wi-Fi charges, but phone bills from sales and support staff out and about could go down as a result.
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