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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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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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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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Final statement: Personal numbering – Review of the 070 number range

Final statement published 1 October 2018 070 numbers are designed to be used for personal or ‘follow-me’ services. When someone calls a 070 number, their communications provider pays a wholesale termination charge to the 070 service provider for the call to reach the recipient. The caller is then charged a retail price by their communications provider for making that call. As part of the Call ...
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How to Use a VPN with VOIP

Fix VOIP audio and connectivity issues with a VPN Unblock Skype, Viber, and Google Hangouts Secure your video and voice chats with 256-bit encryption Save money on international calls Get instant access to more sites and services from anywhere in the world Get ExpressVPN  Why use a VPN for VoIP? Freedom Some countries in the Middle East and Asia block VoIP services like Skype...
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