[VoiceOps] New to VoIP

Alex Balashov abalashov at evaristesys.com
Mon Jun 21 13:46:58 EDT 2010

In essence an SBC represents the high end (in terms of cost and  
features) option.  You can accomplish a great deal of what they do  
with varying degrees of success using open-source components as well,  
which is what my company (www.evaristesys.com) specialises in, but if  
you have a large budget an SBC might be the more canonical and well- 
traveled route at that level of CAPEX.  It also provides some elegant  
solutions to a few vexing problems plaguing the open source camp.

So, no, you don't "need" one, but you may very well want one.

On Jun 21, 2010, at 1:20 PM, Jonathan Jones <new2voip at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all and pardon the naive question. I'm looking to start my own  
> small town based ITSP (mini vonage) with approximately 2,000  
> concurrencies. What I'd like to know is, do I or don't I need a  
> session border controller to get this working. I was told I don't  
> need any hardware and I could get this up and running with software  
> only. I don't know how true this is therefore I decided to ask the  
> experts.
> Furthermore, would a large provider be willing to trunk my  
> connection if it is software only? What do you fancy? If you had to  
> guess a cost to get something like this up and running, would it be  
> under $50,000.00 I don't have much money to work with at the moment  
> and I'm looking for someone with more experience might do. I'm  
> guessing I could get it all running without an SBC and without heavy  
> hardware or am I wrong because of DSP encoding and the likes.
> Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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