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History of VoIP (Short Version)

History of VoIP Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) transmission began in 1973 as a result of the experimental Network Voice Protocol invented for the ARPANET. However, it wasn’t until 1995 that the first Internet Phone Software – Vocaltec – appeared. Vocaltec brought to market the first internet phone software called the Internet Phone. The Vocaltec software compressed the voice signal, translat...
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The History of VoIP (Full Version)

The History of VoIP Voice over Internet Protocol, abbreviated VoIP, is a fairly recent technology. It goes by many names, including Voice Over Broadband (VoBB), Internet Telephony, IP Telephony, and broadband phone.The advent of the Internet brought with it an abundance of innovation regarding communication. Of course, there was email in the beginning, but then people started wondering whether th...
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Abandoned and silent calls

The phone rings, you rush to answer but there's no-one on the line. Abandoned and silent calls can be annoying and irritating at the best of times. These are also known as CC and ping calls. But for some people – for example, those living alone – these calls can be particularly frightening. This guide explains more about these calls, what can cause them and what you can do about them. What...
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How PSTN and ISDN switch off will impact your business

How PSTN and ISDN switch off will impact your business. As we all know, in 2015 BT announced that they will be switching off the PSTN and ISDN networks by 2025. With this, BT will no longer accept any new orders or amendments to services applicable to any ISDN products from 2020. Once the switch-off has taken place, customers will be migrated to the IPEX (IP Exchange) core network using SIP (S...
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What Are Ofcom’s Rules on Outbound Calling Times?

A question we often get asked is what Ofcom considers acceptable outbound calling times for call centres? As this is one of the common complaints people make regarding call centres, you’d have thought that this would be clearly defined and easy to establish. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not. As this matter logically falls into the remit of the use (or misuse) of a public communications network, y...
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The understanding about what “abandoned calls” means for call centres

"Abandoned Calls" and prohibited by most telecom providers and regulators of the telecoms industry. Again the subject has come up with call centre customers. "Abandoned Calls", "Ping Calls", "Missed Calls", this is all prohibited call traffic, which is not approved by any telecoms regulator and Ofcom have now banned it. As of March 2017 Ofcom announced 0% toleration on Abandoned Call Traffic. ...
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Dialler regulations – what you need to know about the 2017 Ofcom changes

Ofcom announced quite a few changes to their call centre guidelines in December 2016, focusing on the persistent misuse of calls as well as providing more clarity about how to approach silent and abandoned calls and IVM. For instance Ofcom have moved the goalpost somewhat with regards to the previously accepted 3% threshold for abandoned calls (i.e. the drop rate), which they now say should not...
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What you need to know about Wi-Fi calling

EE is the first UK network to build Wi-Fi calling into your phone, but what is Wi-Fi calling and why does it matter? From 10 April, UK phone network EE's new Wi-Fi calling service will let you make calls using a Wi-Fi connection when you don't have any cellular signal. Although it's not the first Wi-Fi calling service we've seen -- Skype and Google Hangouts, for example, already let you talk u...
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