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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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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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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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EE and Virgin Media fined for overcharging customers

EE and Virgin Media have been fined a total of £13.3 million for overcharging almost 500,000 mobile and broadband customers who wanted to leave their contracts early. An investigation by Ofcom found that around 400,000 EE customers ended up overpaying up to £4.3 million, while almost 82,000 Virgin Media customers were overcharged just under £2.8 million. The regulat...
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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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