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Hosted PBX Vs On-Premise PBX

Many companies are in the dilemma whether they should purchase an On-Premise PBX or a Hosted PBX, the battle of the Hosted PBX Vs the On-Premise PBX begins. It all depends on the size of the company and what they wish to gain from their PBX.

To make a decision, a clear picture of both PBXs should be available. Below are the advantages and disadvantages of a Hosted PBX and an On-Premise PBX.

Hosted PBX

  • A third party provider handles the PBX and all responsibility of running and upgrading the Hosted PBX is shifted onto them
  • There are less installation, operation and maintenance costs involved with a Hosted PBX
  • There’s no need to worry about any network issues, like bandwidth, with a Hosted PBX; especially important for SMB’s which don’t have the bandwidth to accommodate Unified Communications and VoIP
  • Dedicated personnel to manage the phone system are not required; less costs
  • No training required on how to run the phone system, how to add extensions and so on. The PBX provider does all that for the end user.
  • All upgrades are included in the maintenance costs and are automatically done by the PBX provider

On-Premise PBX

  • The end-user has more control over their phone system
  • Provided with the ability to integrate the on-premise PBX with other software systems the company is running. For example, CRM systems.
  • Very ideal for large organisations which already have the infrastructure, bandwidth and network setting required to host their own phone system, unified communications platform and VoIP
  • There’s no need to rely on the support of a third party PBX provider for simple tasks like adding extensions
  • All the phone system data and settings are in the end-user’s hands

Free for up to 1 year! Select preferred deployment:


for Linux on a $200 appliance or as a VM

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for Windows as a VM

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On the cloud

In your Google, Amazon, Azure account

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