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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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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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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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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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20 Free VoIP/SIP Softphones

QuteCom Previously known as WengoPhone, Qutecom is a free, SIP compatible VoIP softphone initially developed by Wengo. QuteCom supports a range of VoIP codecs including G.729, G.711, iLBC, G.722 (wideband) and Speex. H.263 for video is also supported. XLite from Counterpath A very popular, free SIP softphone supporting a range of codecs and also offering great support for desktop business video...
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Notice to all OpenTAP users about modem software settings!

We recently have had a few customers who are using computer based modem and compatible TAP software with OpenTAP and they have been having trouble dialling up and sending messages via our OpenTAP dial up access numbers. Some times for some reason with some customers modems and their software it will not work properly with PARITY setting of NONE (NULL). Try changing the PARITY setting to TRUE (E...
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SMS Gateway Provider for Burglar Alarm Text Messaging

Does your security alarm system, pager or other monitoring device use TAP to SMS messaging alerts? Does your security alarm system, pager or other device use TAP to Mobile SMS text messaging alerts? FranzCom has the solution for you! Our dial-up TAP to Mobile SMS text and email messaging gateway is completely free of charge to use, you only pay for the call to the dial-up access phone line! Al...
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