In a previous blog post we walked through the steps to configure our Teams environment with Direct Routing for PSTN calling. In this blog post, we build on the same setup and enable Location Based Routing (LBR). Note that LBR for Teams Direct Routing is a preview or early release feature at the time of this writing as stated in the official Microsoft documentation. For readers unfamiliar with LBR, this capability allows admins to prevent PSTN Toll-Bypass which is against regulatory requirements in certain countries. By configuring LBR, we can restrict toll bypass based on policy and the user's geographic location at the time of an inbound or outbound PSTN call. We can then verify that the LBR policies will also apply to certified Teams IP Phones such as the Poly CCX Family of Teams phones.
Just last Friday Microsoft announced in their blog page https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Microsoft-Teams-is-now-a-complete-meeting-and-calling-solution/ba-p/236042 that MS Teams now has all the meetings and calling functionality of Skype for Business Online. The article describes how MSTeams is now a complete meeting and calling solution and a Teams Conferencing Gateway, which allows you to use existing Skype for Business certified SIP-based phones with Teams; and USB HID Support for Teams, enabling customers to answer, end calls and control mute and volume using USB peripherals. In addition, cloud video interop services to support Teams meetings with existing VTC systems are underway with offerings from Pexip, Polycom, and Blue Jeans to be generally available later this calendar year. Of course this does not mean that the roadmap has been competed as there are additional features coming in Q4 of this year as can be seen in the MS Roadmap available here: http://aka.ms/skype2teamsroadmap. The purpose of this blog post is to serve as an add-on to go into detail the configuration of the O365 tenant to allow for calls to work between MSTeams and Skype for Business users.
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