Telecommunications Products

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Telecommunications products for offices used to mean telephone and PBX systems. Today, however, the term means a great deal more. With the growth of digital technology and the convergence of telephone with computer and network-based applications, telecommunications products can encompass phone systems, network platforms, wireless devices, PC software, voicemail systems, and email and faxing applications.

Where do we start? As always, the best place to start is with your company's particular needs. These needs can usually be broken down according to your company's size, the most common tasks of employees, and the telecommunications technology used. For example, a large corporation with thousands of employees located in various branch offices will most likely have a large complexity and volume of telecommunications needs.

Types of Telecommunications Systems

On the other hand, a small company with less than 50 employees will probably have much less so. These are sweeping generalizations, but already they help guide us to the appropriate telecommunications technology for each case. For the large corporation, network-based telecommunications systems are the best choice. The smaller company, however, may or may not even have a network. If that is the case, then conventional, rather than network-based systems, are most appropriate.

In both cases, excellent quality telecommunications equipment can be purchased both new and used. New telecommunications systems are always a big investment, as this equipment has remained expensive even as the technology improves. This is why many companies, both large and small, routinely purchase warrantied, fully refurbished equipment as a way to save money without compromising on quality.

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