A VoIP trunk gateway is an interface that facilitates the use of plain old telephone service (POTS) equipment, such as conventional phone sets and fax machines, with a voice over IP (VoIP) network.

Commercially manufactured VoIP trunk gateways take the form of self-contained units (boxes) or circuit cards. The number of ports for POTS devices varies, depending on the intended application (small business, medium-sized business, or enterprise). The VoIP trunk gateway connects subscribers to the VoIP network without involving operators or incurring telephone company toll charges. The VoIP service provider establishes its own schedule of rates, if applicable, for local and long-distance calling.

PBX or Telephone System*

PBX stands for Private Branch Exchange, which is a private telephone network used within a company. The users of the PBX phone system share a number of outside lines for making external phone calls.

Nowadays, there are four different PBX phone system options:

  • PBX
  • Hosted/Virtual PBX
  • IP PBX
  • Hosted/Virtual IP PBX

Eliminate copper POTS lines

The Federal Communications Commission has been considering the future of carrier networks since it issued its Public Notice in December of 2009, seeking comments on the transition from circuit-switched networks to all-IP networks