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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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STUN Servers

What is STUN? A STUN (Session Traversal of User Datagram Protocol [UDP] Through Network Address Translators [NATs]) server allows NAT clients (i.e. IP Phones behind a firewall) to setup phone calls to a VoIP provider hosted outside of the local network. What does a STUN server do? The STUN server allows clients to find out their public address, the type of NAT they are behind and the Internet s...
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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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SIP Response Codes Session Initiation Protocol

SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) is a signalling application layer protocol designed to create, modify, and terminate a multimedia session over the Internet Protocol. It is the most common protocol used in VoIP technology. In SIP, every network element is identified by a SIP URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) which is like an address. They are broken down as 1xx Provisional Responses, 2xx Successf...
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Call Centres – 16 checks to ensure you’re Ofcom compliant

Handling Silent and Abandoned Calls 1. Check your abandoned call message is being used for all campaigns 2. Check your abandoned call message content is correct for all campaigns 3. Monitor your abandoned call rate daily 4. Ensure your system rings for at least 15 seconds 5. Check your system follows the 2 second rule. The 2 second rule is mentioned a few times in the Ofcom guidelines, and th...
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Problems with TAP SMS over PSTN

Problem: Having only just realized that the O2 sms gateway is not reliable [when I first realised I should have had alerts, I thought my SD2 dialler had died], I have contacted O2 who are looking into the service, and they maintain that it should be running at the time of writing [November 2011] but advise me that it will cease operation around April 2012. I have discovered a long list of TAP ...
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EE 4G UK: Devices, speeds, availability, coverage, prices

UPDATED: Now with prices 30 October 2012 7:25 GMT / By Dan Sung & Chris Hall Everything Everywhere is now available in the UK, with a new network and a new brand, known simply as EE bringing with it the first 4G service in the  UK. Now that the auction for other 4G spectrum bands has been brought forward in order to stave off possible appeals and gripes by the network's rivals. The new EE...
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