It has been revealed that business VoIP (voice over internet protocol) is one of several state of the art facilities included in the newly-opened £105 million St George’s Park National Football Centre, built by the Football Association (FA) in Burton upon Trent.
The customised business VoIP network covers business phone systems at both the site itself and at Wembley Stadium.
The 330-acre site is also said to benefit from a host of other internet protocol (IP) telephony features – including video and data communications facilities – which are expected to not only serve the site’s educational and administrative offices, but to also service two hotels built within the site.
Commenting on the new centre, England under-17 team coach John Peacock said:
“From a development point of view it’s fantastic and the facilities are second to none.”
That a new, advanced facility such as St George’s Park would choose to incorporate IP telephony and business VoIP facilities, rather than traditional landline-based communications and business phone systems, has come as no surprise to many industry observers.
As well as providing a much more simplified, less technically complex route for managing the allocation and overall volume of phone connections, IP telephony systems also offer the end user simplified access to important value-added services, like video conferencing and data transfer.
In addition, whilst investment in in-house IP telephony and business VoIP facilities can cost more, this can often be at least partly compensated for by the cheaper cost of phone calls facilitated through IP telephony.
Even for smaller enterprises with far less money than the FA to invest in premises-based IP telephony facilities, more accessible IP telephony options have become popular in recent years, including the use of session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking and cloud-based hosted IP telephony provided by a business VoIP provider or VoIP reseller.