A gateway is simply a physical conversion engine. Conventional telephone communication (in technical jargon: TDM TelefonTraffic = Time Division Multiplexing Traffic) is converted into IP packets (IP stands for Internet Protocol - ie "Internet-enabled packets") for transmission via a data network or vice versa digital IP packets in TDM communication for transport to a PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).
So, if you're using a non-IP-enabled phone system or network, a VoIP gateway (some talk about a PSTN gateway) can help you close the gap between traditional and new digital devices, and you and your users with the digital world.
In short, what is the conversion of a gateway used for?
- Incoming PSTN telephone lines (analog or digital) to VoIP / SIP transferred
- Connect existing, legacy PBX phone systems to an IP network
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