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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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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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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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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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How PSTN and ISDN switch off will impact your business

How PSTN and ISDN switch off will impact your business. As we all know, in 2015 BT announced that they will be switching off the PSTN and ISDN networks by 2025. With this, BT will no longer accept any new orders or amendments to services applicable to any ISDN products from 2020. Once the switch-off has taken place, customers will be migrated to the IPEX (IP Exchange) core network using SIP (S...
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Billing minimums and increments

What are Billing Minimums / Increments? Billing minimum / Increments indicate what minimum and incremental measures of time are used to calculate the duration of each call, usually for billing purposes. Historically, billing increments have ranged anywhere from 60 seconds to 6 seconds or less. A “30/6″ billing indicates a 30 second minimum with subsequent 6 second increments...
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