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New rules to combat high call costs and 070 scams

October 1st, 2019 DEADLINE. Changes to 070 numbering call costs. Phone users will be protected from high charges for calling ‘070’ numbers – which are often mistaken for mobiles but cost much more to call. Ofcom has decided to cap the wholesale cost of connecting 070 calls, to help protect callers from fraud and unexpected call costs. 070 numbers are designed to be used as a ‘follow me’ servi...
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£1bn cash pot for 50 high streets, Bank of mum and dad is going bust helping homebuyers, and more top news

Fifty towns in England will be given a share of £1bn to tackle the high street crisis that has left one in 10 shops in UK town centres lying empty. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) declared an additional £325m in funding to the £675m High Street Fund announced by then chancellor Philip Hammond last year. The money could be used by towns — including Blackpool. Scar...
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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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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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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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BT to be fined £42m for breaching contracts with telecoms providers

BT will be fined £42m for a serious breach of Ofcom’s rules, after the company reduced compensation payments to other telecoms providers for late installations. Ofcom investigation finds BT cut its compensation payments for delays in connecting high-speed business lines These important networks underpin the UK’s communications infrastructure BT has admitted failings, and agreed to compe...
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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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What is VoIP/SIP Call Termination?

SIP/VoIP Call Termination, what is it and how does it work! VoIP call termination is used to refer to the procedures that are used for routing telephone calls from one provider to the next provider until the call has been routed to the last telephone company and has been received by the recipient. Voice termination is another term that is used for call termination. The telephone companies are als...
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