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OTT VoIP Calling Apps are Telecom Services under EU Law

Telephone calling apps, such as Skype, Viber and Google Hangouts, are subject to European telecom regulation, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Such services may now be required to comply with EU obligations that apply to traditional telephone services, such as registration, privacy, consumer protection and law enforcement access to user communications. In other countries (notably the US...
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Important changes to your 084 and 087 numbers

The communications regulator OFCOM are making changes to the way consumers are charged for calling 084 and 087 numbers. These changes have been introduced to make the call charges more transparent and easier to understand. Therefore this is great news for your business and more importantly your customers, who will feel more comfortable calling your 084 or 087 number. All FranzCom cust...
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Trump’s Huawei ban a ‘double-edged sword’

As the US and China square off, tech companies on both sides feel the heat US president Donald Trump’s move to effectively ban Chinese telecommunications firms from doing business with American companies is going to impact both the nations and the global tech industry alike, industry experts said. Huawei and ZTE have been added to the “Entity List” from Friday and prevents it from ...
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Huawei’s use of Android restricted by Google

Google has barred the world's second-biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese company. New designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps. The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a license. Google...
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DOD Considering Abandoning AS-SIP

With the ratification of SIPConnect 2.0, the Department of Defense (DoD) is seriously considering adopting commercial SIP for Voice & Video over IP trunking for unclassified networks. The current Unified Capabilities Requirements (UCR) technical specification requires vendors to adopt a DoD unique version of SIP known as Assured Service SIP, or AS-SIP, which was developed in 2010 to establish ...
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First 5G cities in UK named by EE

EE has announced which six UK cities will be the first to get faster 5G mobile networks. Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester by mid-2019. By the end of 2019, another 10 cities will get EE networks which could transmit data at speeds faster than 10 gigabits per second. Other UK networks are now trialing 5G to acce...
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VoIP to replace ISDN

After nearly 25 years of continuous service, ISDN channels are finally coming to their end of days. As more and more businesses migrate away from ISDN technologies we explore the reasons for the decline and the replacements on offer to businesses in more detail. So what is ISDN? ISDN stands for integrated services digital networks. It is a standard developed to cover a range of mediums like voi...
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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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