Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a fast growing industry that holds great potential for revenue and growth. People love VoIP because it is flexible, inexpensive, and convenient. It is a great way for businesses and enterprise level organizations to make long distance calls and to utilize other important phone services. Within a few decades it is predicted that VoIP will completely take over traditional telephony methods. Those looking to start a VoIP business may be tapping into a gold mine. Buying and reselling wholesale VoIP equipment and services can be a highly lucrative practice. With a smart approach and good work ethic, you may be able to start the next Vonage.
Why Start a VoIP Business?
Studying the ins and outs of VoIP is a necessity in order to understand the fundamentals on how it all works. In a nutshell, VoIP connects users to the internet to conduct telephone actions without traditional telephone circuits or services. There are many options and a great variety of different types of VoIP connections in the VoIP telephony industry. Each connection offers its own distinctive features and pricing options, so doing the research is well worth your time. Finding the best servers and VoIP software to use for your VoIP business will make sure that you can provide quality services to clients. Customer service, phone call quality, billing methods, and promotional deals are all factors to take into account when choosing the right VoIP service provider.
Different Types of VoIP Business
There are many types of VoIP businesses you can start building from the ground up. These businesses are:
- Prepaid Calling Cards
- Consultation Services for VoIP
- VoIP Call Center Solution
- VoIP Wholesale provider
Colocation America has partnered up with many of the top leading VoIP software providers to provide you with a one-stop solution for your business VoIP startup. We can help you setup your VoIP business with a VoIP dedicated server platform of your choosing and help you succeed in your business venture. Starting an internet telephony business will require a lot of research and hard work on your part, but by teaming up with us we can provide you with the resources necessary for your business to succeed.
How to Start a Wholesale VoIP Business
Hardware Equipment and Softswitch
After learning the basics of VoIP, the first step to starting your own VoIP company is creating a reliable and secure VoIP infrastructure. Hardware equipment and a hosted softswitch are used to route VoIP traffic from one client to the other. The server will combine the use of RTP, which handles traffic, and RADIUS, which is a centralized verification gateway that connects clients to network service. Having one server with these software is a great start but as your business starts to expand you should get at least two server to handle the increased volume of traffic. Having more than one server will also improve redundancies which mean that if one server fails another can take its place.
For a free consultation and a customized VoIP solution for your business, please give us a call at 1-888-505-COLO or send us an e-mail to Sales@ColocationAmerica.com. You can also check out our VoIP colocation hosting plans.
Another resource for our customers is the book How to Start a VoIP Business: A Six-Stage Guide to Becoming a VoIP Service Provider by Vilius Stanislovaitis of Kolmisoft, a leading voice on all things VoIP and a trusted Colocation America partner.
In his book, Stanislovaitis explains to people wanting to become a VoIP provider how to perform different VoIP services such as, Mobile VoIP, Calling Cards, Virtual PBX, SIP trunking, and much more.
We highly recommend this book for anyone looking to learn more about VoIP and how to make money using and providing VoIP services.
You can find the book here on Amazon.
VoIP Software, Billing, and LCR
You will also need VoIP management software with billing and least cost routing (LCR) services. The management software will keep track of clients and traffic suppliers account information. Billing is made on the same system for invoicing and financial data processing, linking directly to the client’s account.
Least cost routing is an important VoIP service for a VoIP wholesale provider. With LCR software you can setup the servers to route traffic to different providers that offer the lowest rate. Since you are acting as the middle man between one provider and the other, this is where the revenue in your wholesale VoIP business will come from. Rate isn’t the only factor that gets taken into account; call quality can play a huge role of satisfying clients’ calling needs. With LCR software, you can set parameters on call quality and block traffic from using routes that have low quality connection for calls. You can also set a limit on rates to make sure that each call being routed to will not cost you money.