Direct Inward Dialing (DID)


Definition of DID (Direct Inward Dialing) in Network Encyclopedia.

What is Direct Inward Dialing (DID)?

Direct Inward Dialing, aka DID, is a service provided by a local exchange carrier (LEC) to a corporate client. Direct inward dialing (DID) uses a Private Branch Exchange (PBX) that allows outside callers to directly dial individuals within the company.

Direct Inward Dialing
Direct Inward Dialing

How Direct Inward Dialing works

The LEC allocates a block of phone numbers to the company, usually differing only in the last two, three, or four digits. For example, a company with 50 employees who each need a separate phone number could be assigned the numbers 555-1201 through 555-1250. Outside callers could dial the employees directly using these numbers, which are routed through perhaps only eight trunk lines that service the PBX, supporting a maximum of eight simultaneous calls. Inbound calls are routed by the PBX to the appropriate extension.

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