How to start your own Vonage

I am calling India daily and my telephone expenses are high since I call at least 2 locations in India daily. This made me look for cheaper calling options and I came across LINQ ,
Reliable IP Phone and Union Telecom USA . Even though each of them offered cheap calling option than Reliance and Airtel, I was wondering if a provider can offer 3.9 cents per minute to India and still make profits, what must be his actual cost.

I was doing some research on how to be one’s own provider, but having said that its more easily said then done. Remember Sun Rocket closed down recently and there is not surprise if Vonage might. I came across an interesting article, which talks about how to start your own Vonage. This is not my own article and the link to the actual article is below.

Here goes the actual article

To start the next Vonage you will need essentially 6 things (other than 500,000 clients). Each of these things need to be qualified so that you know that your providers will still be there after you go live, and that they will honor your contract with them.

Website to allow the customer to sign up, and see their options & minutes used. (optional, but probably needed)
Provider of minutes – So your customers can call regular PSTN phone numbers – buy low, sell high
DID provider – So your customers have regular PSTN phone numbers for incoming calls
VOIP Server – to route the traffic from the DIDs to your customers & allow them to call out – Vonage Uses SER, Broadvoice use Broadsoft, RNKTEL uses asterisk.
Hardware provider for the ATAs needed to have your customers connect to the VOIP server
A billing engine. You do want to get paid, hm?

Number 1 rule: Test the entire solution. Run a pilot project with some volunteers for at least a couple of months before going live. Leave the pilot running so you can test changes before putting them into production. Reliability is your friend.

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  1. VOIP actually doesn’t suck down that much bandwidth, and you can QoS it so any downloads/uploads going through your network don’t drop your calls. The biggest problem that I have with VOIP itself is the lack of 911 should your power go out. There’s a few alternatives, but nothing that works as good as an old landline phone.

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