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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025. The closure of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is part of plans by BT toward internet-based voice calls via a fibre network. As such it will be looking to close a chunk of exchanges. Openreach wrote to its communic...
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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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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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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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No Mr. Soros, Brexit Will Not be a Black Friday for the British Pound

George Soros says the British pound is at risk of another 'Black Wednesday' event should the UK vote to Leave the European Union on June the 22nd. We disagree! George Soros, the man who once ‘broke the pound’ is back in the headlines with warnings that the British pound would suffer a cataclysmic decline, similar to Black Wednesday of 1992, should the UK vote to exit the EU. Soros has told The...
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HTC One Android 4.2.2 update rolls out across Europe

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update has reportedly started to roll out across Europe for HTC One According to HTC Source, HTC One owners across northern Europe will now be able to download the Android 4.2.2 update. The new update brings launcher bar enhancements, battery level percentage display, widget panel rearrangement, enhanced home button behaviour (black menu bar from screen removed), new Z...
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Touting fastest 4G takeup in Europe so far, EE adds sharing and pre-pay options

It appears that LTE subscriber numbers at EE — a carrier that still has a monopoly on 4G in the UK — are increasing at an accelerating pace. But rivals are set to launch their 4G offerings soon. Half a million people have signed up for EE’s 4G services in the 7 months they’ve been up and running, the British carrier announced on Thursday. That’s the fastest LTE take-up in Europe thus far, the o...
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EE 4G pricing revealed

What is 4G? 4G is the latest mobile phone technology that promises up to download data up to five times faster than 3G networks. In practice this means you could stream and HD video on your phone, or tablet, without any buffering or delays, just as you might on a good quality home broadband connection. Read our What is 4G? guide for more information about 4G and how it could affect you. How...
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