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Experience Direct Routing with Teams and PBX

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Microsoft Teams allow smart communication, modern chat facilities, state of the art meetings and easy files storage capabilities.

With Teams gaining popularity more than ever after Skype for Business retirement, cloud communication solutions providers and cloud business officials are looking for ways to get value from their existing systems with Teams as much as possible.

Initially called “bring your own trunk”, Direct Routing was introduced with Teams to provide a PSTN connection with Teams to facilitate Teams users.

Can I integrate Teams with existing systems?

Microsoft enables organizations to place external or internal calls within the organizations. However, telephony features within Teams are limited. To overcome this MachCloud developed a unique connector integrating Microsoft Teams with existing PBX systems via Direct Routing. It enables personalized levels of communication, using the Teams app on any device: Teams Phone, Smartphone or PC.

Chose the right solution

MachCloud allows you to set up telephony services in Microsoft Teams in three different ways:

  1. Replace existing Phone systems with Microsoft Teams. You can save PBX related costs and benefit from attractive calling plans;
  2. Connect Teams users to an existing Cloud PBX, based on MachCloud’s unique Teams connector. Full features PBX functions, combined with the power of the Teams app.
  3. Use the Teams app on PC or smartphone to set up your calls via MachCloud’s Hosted PBX. You do need a Business voice subscription or Phone addon. 

MachCloud assists in choosing the right solution and offers a smooth migration path allowing a ‘small step’ changeover. In case user requirements cannot be met with a single solution, a mix of traditional business telephony and modern calling in Teams can be introduced.

Things to consider before making your choice

  • Migration

To set up Teams or PBX Teams, you need to check telephone numbers, licenses, hardware and call routing. MachCloud offers advice and migration support.

  • Consider Remote working option

Since remote working has become a norm and virtual workplaces will be deployed to increase security, a long-term plan is essential to ensure good quality voice connections. Deploying a Cloud telephony system for remote workers, a PBX with Teams Connection needs to be managed and set up remotely. A backup routing is needed in case of connection failure.

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  • Frequency of conference calls

Depending upon the type of business, it is important to forecast the frequency of calls and meetings. Bandwidth and connection requirements must be clear before integrating PBX with Teams. Avoid bottlenecks during an important meeting while working from home.

  • Choose the Right Phone

Simply put, you can use a Smartphone, PC, or existing phone connected to the hosted PBX. However, if phones are used with Teams, you need Teams-certified hardware or migrate existing hardware.

MachCloud is your solution to a successful Teams Migration

MachCloud makes your tasks easier by offering smooth migration options with Microsoft Teams. The all-in-one unified communication provider also provides services like PBX Cloud, Cloud Voice, SIP Trunking, and much more.

Get started with MachCloud for a smooth transition to Teams.

A guide to Deploy Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

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Microsoft Teams Direct Routing has gained immense popularity ever since the concept of modern business telephony is introduced. An on-premises telephony system infrastructure being directly linked to Microsoft Teams gives an edge to your business phone system. Microsoft has provided a full-fledge documentation on the step by step guide for Deploying Direct Routing for latest cloud business communication. However, it is very complicated to implement involving PowerShell scripts and connectivity protocol including security implementation. There are providers who easily can set up your business telephony with Microsoft Teams, without any hassle for you.

Microsoft Teams Direct Routing makes you do more with less

The Direct Routing feature expands the capabilities of Teams. There are two major phases to deploy Direct Routing in Microsoft Teams. These are: 

  • Planning & Prerequisites

  • Deploying Direct Routing

Planning the Business Telephony System

It is important to know the details of Teams Direct Routing before Deployment. Direct Routing allows the customers to interoperate with third party systems like on-premises PBX, Microsoft Phone system and Analogue devices. It further lets you leverage the existing infrastructure which you are using with other service providers. It facilitates users who do not have calling plans in their area. It is important to know the licensing requirements before you get started with direct routing.

RELATED: HOW Machcloud Teams FACILITATES BUSINESSES WITH TEAMS DIRECT ROUTING

Deploying Microsoft Teams Direct Routing with your local provider

The following steps are performed under this phase:

Step 1: Enable Direct Routing

In this step, the connection between Teams admin center and your local provider is created. No configuration at your side, all is fully automated provisioned by your local provider.

Step 2: Enable users for Direct Routing

For this step, you need to first create a user in Microsoft 365 and assign a license. You can create users via admin center. You can then assign the right Microsoft licenses to this user.

  • Configure Voice Routing Options

You can either configure Teams to route through a voice channel directly to the phone network or configure Teams to connect to existing PBX.

  • Phone number

A new or existing phone number can be assigned to a Teams user or an existing PBX extension number can be assigned to a Teams user. This process is automated by your telephony provider.

MachCloud helps companies in setting up their business telephony like no other

MachCloud is an all-in-one business telephony system provider that assists companies and organizations ranging from SMEs to enterprise level, in providing business phone systems. The services include Cloud PBX (Hosted PBX), SIP Trunking and Microsoft Teams Direct Routing. With its Teams-oriented unique solutions like Teams Calling Plans and Teams Extension, MachCloud stands out from other providers in the market. 

Get started with MachCloud to get details on Teams Direct Routing setup and enjoy state of the art business telephony service and cloud business communication.

Do Microsoft Teams use SIP?

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Microsoft Teams utilizes SIP for Direct Rouging. Different communication apps like Chat, Meetings, and Calling are all exposed through UX App Window. However, Teams require IP-based voice connections, so SIP would serve the purpose. Direct Routing requires SIP Trunks. One of the prerequisites for Teams Direct Routing is that the company must be equipped with a SIP Trunk through a Communications Service Provider. It acts as a telephony network provider for Direct Routing setup. If a new Provider is needed, the existing phone numbers can be ported to the new provider.

For expert guidance, talk to a MachCloud Expert for more information.

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The killer feature of Microsoft Teams for Business

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Microsoft Teams Meeting Feature

It’s a whole lot of Microsoft Teams features that have made it popular amongst businesses in the past couple of years. Especially, during the pandemic, there has been a drastic rise in the number of users opting for online collaborative tools to keep the flow of work intact.

Microsoft Teams Meeting Features prove fruitful in the Digital Workspace

If there’s one thing Microsoft has focused on Teams, its collaboration. Microsoft Teams collaboration tools are very effective tools for communication while working remotely. Microsoft Teams Meetings Features also provide a rich experience of holding online meetings. Teams are a hub for teamwork and have been carefully engineered with the needs of project teams in mind.

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Teams can serve as a full-fledged business phone system

Teams provide business connectivity with a full-fledge and robust cloud-based PBX system, even with your current system. The setup has been streamlined and Microsoft Teams can be used exactly the way a normal business phone works. It is equipped with features like integrated dial pad, call forwarding and simultaneous ringing, call holding and retrieving, call history, call answering and initiating (by name and number, voicemail, and most importantly emergency calling. All of these Microsoft Teams features can be utilized via any Teams supported device like work laptop or tablet or even your personal smartphone.

How to setup telephony in Teams for your business?

To be able to utilize Microsoft Teams features, you need to have Office 365 up and running at your end. To make, receive and transfer calls, there are two options in Teams:

  • Phone System and Calling Plans:

In this approach, Microsoft provides phone numbers to the company users of Teams along with the PSTN service. This option however is not available in most European countries.

  • Use Direct Routing:

In Direct Routing, companies can use their existing PBX and PSTN connection including Calling Plans for Teams Telephony.

Related: How MachCloud Solution for Microsoft Teams facilitates businesses with Teams Direct Routing

MachCloud – The all-in-one business telephony provider

MachCloud provides as a Telecom Operator a complete and robust telephony platform for digital business communications. The modern-day communication portal provides businesses with all the modern tools needed for a collaborative environment within the company amongst employees and customers. Equipped with top-notch infrastructure, MachCloud has got solutions for businesses like MachCloud® and others such as MachCloud Solution for Microsoft Teams® to provide Teams related features including Calling in Teams, Direct Routing, etc.

Equip your business with MachCloud today for effective business communication and get on board with a state-of-the-art business communication platform.

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