Plan Direct Routing


Watch the following session to learn about the benefits of Direct Routing, how to plan for it, and how to deploy it: Direct Routing in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Phone System Direct Routing lets you connect a supported, customer-provided Session Border Controller (SBC) to Microsoft Phone System. With this capability, for example, you can configure on-premises PSTN connectivity with Microsoft Teams client, as shown in the following diagram:

Diagram showing configuration of on-premises PSTN connectivity


Skype for Business Online also lets you pair a customer-provided SBC, but this requires an on-premises Skype for Business Server deployment or a special edition of Skype for Business, called Cloud Connector, in between the SBC and the Microsoft Cloud. This scenario is known as hybrid voice. In contrast, Direct Routing allows a direct connection between the supported SBC and the Microsoft Cloud.

With Direct Routing, you can connect your SBC to almost any telephony trunk or interconnect with third-party Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) equipment. Direct Routing enables you to:

  • Use virtually any PSTN trunk with Microsoft Phone System.
  • Configure interoperability between customer-owned telephony equipment, such as a third-party private branch exchange (PBX), analog devices, and Microsoft Phone System.

Microsoft also offers all-in-the-cloud voice solutions, such as Calling Plan. However, a hybrid voice solution might be best for your organization if:

  • Microsoft Calling Plan is not available in your country.
  • Your organization requires connection to third-party analog devices, call centers, and so on.
  • Your organization has an existing contract with a PSTN carrier.

Direct Routing also supports users who have the additional license for the Microsoft Calling Plan. For more information, see Phone System and Calling Plans.

With Direct Routing, when users participate in a scheduled conference, the dial-in number is provided by Microsoft Audio Conferencing service, which requires proper licensing. When dialing out, the Microsoft Audio Conferencing service places the call using online calling capabilities, which requires proper licensing. (Note that dialing out does not route through Direct Routing.) For more information, see Online Meetings with Teams.

Planning your deployment of Direct Routing is key to a successful implementation. This article describes infrastructure and licensing requirements and provides information about SBC connectivity:

For detailed information about configuring Direct Routing, see Configure Direct Routing.

Infrastructure requirements

The infrastructure requirements for the supported SBCs, domains, and other network connectivity requirements to deploy Direct Routing are listed in the following table:

Infrastructure requirement You need the following
Session Border Controller (SBC) A supported SBC. For more information, see Supported SBCs.
Telephony trunks connected to the SBC One or more telephony trunks connected to the SBC. On one end, the SBC connects to the Microsoft Phone System via Direct Routing. The SBC can also connect to third-party telephony entities, such as PBXs, Analog Telephony Adapters, and so on. Any PSTN connectivity option connected to the SBC will work. (Note: For configuration of the PSTN trunks to SBC, please refer to the SBC vendors or trunk providers.)
Office 365 tenant An Office 365 tenant that you use to home your Microsoft Teams users, and the configuration and connection to the SBC.
User registrar User must be homed in Office 365.
If your company has an on-premises Skype for Business or Lync environment with hybrid connectivity to Office 365, you cannot enable voice in Teams for a user homed on-premises.

To check the registrar of a user, use the following Skype for Business Online PowerShell cmdlet:
Get-CsOnlineUser -Identity <user> | fl HostingProvider

The output of the cmdlet should show:
HostingProvider :
Domains One or more domains added to your Office 365 tenants.

Note: You cannot use the default domain, *, that is automatically created for your tenant.

To view the domains, you can use the following Skype for Business Online PowerShell cmdlet:
Get-CsTenant | fl Domains

For more information about domains and Office 365 tenants, see Domains FAQ.
Public IP address for the SBC A public IP address that can be used to connect to the SBC. Based on the type of SBC, the SBC can use NAT.
Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for the SBC A FQDN for the SBC, where the domain portion of the FQDN is one of the registered domains in your Office 365 tenant. For more information, see SBC domain names.
Public DNS entry for the SBC A public DNS entry mapping the SBC FQDN to the public IP Address.
Public trusted certificate for the SBC A certificate for the SBC to be used for all communication with Direct Routing. For more information, see Public trusted certificate for the SBC.
Connection points for Direct Routing The connection points for Direct Routing are the following three FQDNs: – Global FQDN, must be tried first. – Secondary FQDN, geographically maps to the second priority region. – Tertiary FQDN, geographically maps to the third priority region.

For information on configuration requirements, see SIP Signaling: FQDNs and firewall ports.
Firewall IP addresses and ports for Direct Routing media The SBC communicates to the following services in the cloud:

SIP Proxy, which handles the signaling
Media Processor, which handles media -except when Media Bypass is on

These two services have separate IP addresses in Microsoft Cloud, described later in this document.

For more information, see the Microsoft Teams section in Office 365 URLs and IP address ranges.
Media Transport Profile TCP/RTP/SAVP
Firewall IP addresses and ports for Microsoft Teams media For more information, see Office 365 URLs and IP address ranges.

Licensing and other requirements

Users of Direct Routing must have the following licenses assigned in Office 365:

  • Microsoft Phone System
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Audio Conferencing


In the case that you would like to add external participants to scheduled meetings, either by dialing out to them or by providing the dial-in number, the audio conferencing license is required.


The audio conferencing license is required to:

  • Escalate from 1:1 call to a group call.
  • Add external participants to scheduled meetings, by either dialing out or providing the dial-in number.

In addition, you must ensure the following:

  • CsOnlineVoiceRoutingPolicy is assigned to the user.
  • Allow Private Calling is enabled at the tenant level for Microsoft Teams.

Direct Routing also supports users who are licensed for Microsoft Calling Plan. Microsoft Phone System with Calling Plan can route some calls using the Direct Routing interface. However, the users' phone numbers must be either acquired online or ported to Microsoft.

Mixing Calling Plan and Direct Routing connectivity for the same user is optional, but could be useful, for example, when the user is assigned a Microsoft Calling Plan but wants to route some calls via SBC. One of the most common scenarios are calls to third-party PBXs. With third-party PBXs, all calls, except calls to the phones connected to that PBXs, are routed via Microsoft Calling Plan; but calls to the phones connected to third-party PBXs go to the SBC, therefore stay within the enterprise network and not to the PSTN.

For more information about Phone System licensing, see Get the most from Office with Office 365 and Office 365 Plan Options.

For more information about Phone System licensing, see Microsoft Teams add-on licensing.

SBC domain names

The SBC domain name must be from one of the names registered in “Domains” of the tenant. You cannot use the * tenant for the FQDN name of the SBC.

The following table shows examples of DNS names registered for the tenant, whether the name can be used as a FQDN for the SBC, and examples of valid FQDN names:

DNS name Can be used for SBC FQDN Examples of FQDN names Yes Valid names: No
Using * domains is not supported for SBC names

Assume you want to use a new domain name. For example, your tenant has as a domain name registered in your tenant, and you want to use Before you can pair an SBC with the name, you must register the domain name in "Domains" in your tenant. If you try pairing an SBC with before registering the domain name, you will get the following error: "Cannot use the "" domain as it was not configured for this tenant." After you add the domain name, you also need to create a user with UPN and assign a "Teams" license. It might take up to 24 hours to fully provision the domain name after it is added to "Domains" of your tenant, a user with a new name is created, and a license is assigned to the user.

It is possible that a company might have several SIP address spaces in one tenant. For example, a company might have as a SIP address space and as the second SIP address space. Some users have address and some users have address

The SBC only needs one FQDN and can service users from any address space in the paired tenant. For example, an SBC with the name can receive and send the PSTN traffic for users with addresses and as long as these SIP address spaces are registered in the same tenant.

Public trusted certificate for the SBC

Microsoft strongly recommends that you request the certificate for the SBC by generating a certification signing request (CSR). For specific instructions on generating a CSR for an SBC, refer to the interconnection instructions or documentation provided by your SBC vendors.


Most Certificate Authorities (CAs) require the private key size to be at least 2048. Keep this in mind when generating the CSR.

The certificate needs to have the SBC FQDN in the subject, common name, or subject alternate name fields.

Alternatively, Direct Routing supports a wildcard in SAN, and the wildcard needs to conform to standard RFC HTTP Over TLS. An example would be using * in the SAN, which would match the SBC FQDN, but wouldn’t match with

The certificate needs to be generated by one of the following root certificate authorities:

  • AffirmTrust
  • AddTrust External CA Root
  • Baltimore CyberTrust Root
  • Buypass
  • Cybertrust
  • Class 3 Public Primary Certification Authority
  • Comodo Secure Root CA
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • DigiCert Global Root CA
  • DigiCert High Assurance EV Root CA
  • Entrust
  • GlobalSign
  • Go Daddy
  • GeoTrust
  • Verisign, Inc.
  • Starfield
  • Symantec Enterprise Mobile Root for Microsoft
  • SwissSign
  • Thawte Timestamping CA
  • Trustwave
  • TeliaSonera
  • T-Systems International GmbH (Deutsche Telekom)
  • QuoVadis

Microsoft is working on adding additional certification authorities based on customer requests.

SIP Signaling: FQDNs and firewall ports

The connection point for Direct Routing are the following three FQDNs:

  • – Global FQDN – must be tried first. When the SBC sends a request to resolve this name, the Microsoft Azure DNS servers return an IP address pointing to the primary Azure datacenter assigned to the SBC. The assignment is based on performance metrics of the datacenters and geographical proximity to the SBC. The IP address returned corresponds to the primary FQDN.
  • – Secondary FQDN – geographically maps to the second priority region.
  • – Tertiary FQDN – geographically maps to the third priority region.

Placing these three FQDNs in order is required to:

  • Provide optimal experience (less loaded and closest to the SBC datacenter assigned by querying the first FQDN).
  • Provide failover when connection from an SBC is established to a datacenter that is experiencing a temporary issue. For more information, see Failover mechanism below.

The FQDNs –, and – will be resolved to one of the following IP addresses:


You will need to open ports for all these IP addresses in your firewall to allow incoming and outgoing traffic to and from the addresses for signaling. If your firewall supports DNS names, the FQDN resolves to all the IP addresses above. You must use the following ports:

Traffic From To Source port Destination port
SIP/TLS SIP Proxy SBC 1024 – 65535 Defined on the SBC
SIP/TLS SBC SIP Proxy Defined on the SBC 5061

Failover mechanism for SIP Signaling

The SBC makes a DNS query to resolve Based on the SBC location and the datacenter performance metrics, the primary datacenter is selected. If the primary datacenter experiences an issue, the SBC will try the, which resolves to the second assigned datacenter, and, in the rare case that datacenters in two regions are not available, the SBC retries the last FQDN (, which provides the tertiary datacenter IP.

The table below summarizes the relationships between primary, secondary, and tertiary datacenters:

If the primary datacenter is EMEA NOAM ASIA
The secondary datacenter ( US EU US
The tertiary datacenter ( ASIA ASIA EU

Media traffic: Port ranges

Note the requirements below apply if you ant to deploy Direct Routing without Media Bypass. For firewall requirements for Media Bypass please refer to Plan for Media Bypass with Direct Routing

The media traffic flows to and from a separate service in the Microsoft Cloud. The IP range for Media traffic:

  • /14 (IP addresses from to

The port range of the Media Processors is shown in the following table:

Traffic From To Source port Destination port
UDP/SRTP Media Processor SBC 49 152 – 53 247 Defined on the SBC
UDP/SRTP SBC Media Processor Defined on the SBC 49 152 – 53 247


Microsoft recommends at least two ports per concurrent call on the SBC.

Media traffic: Codecs

Leg between SBC and Cloud Media Processor or Microsoft Teams client.

Applies to both media bypass case and non-bypass cases

The Direct Routing interface on the leg between the Session Border Controller and Cloud Media Processor (without media bypass) or between the Teams client and the SBC (if Media Bypass enabled) can use the following codecs:

  • Non-Media bypass (SBC to Cloud Media Processor): SILK, G.711, G.722, G,729
  • Media Bypass (SBC to Teams client): SILK, G.711, G.722, G,729, OPUS

You can force use of the specific codec on the Session Border Controller by excluding undesirable codecs from the offer.

Leg between Microsoft Teams Client and Cloud Media Processor

Applies to non-media bypass case only. With Media Bypass media flows directly between Teams client and SBC

On the leg between the Cloud Media Processor and Microsoft Teams client either SILK or G.722 used. The codec choice on this leg based on Microsoft algorithms, which take into consideration multiple parameters.

Supported Session Border Controllers (SBCs)

Microsoft only supports certified SBCs to pair with Direct Routing. Because Enterprise Voice is critical for businesses, Microsoft runs intensive tests with the selected SBCs, and works with the SBC vendors to ensure the two systems are compatible.

Devices that have been validated are listed as Certified for Teams Direct Routing. The certified devices are guaranteed to work in all scenarios.

For more information about supported SBCs, see List of Session Border Controllers certified for Direct Routing.

See also

Configure Direct Routing