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History Lesson: Who Invented VoIP?

Who Invented VoIP? There are certain technologies that have existed just long enough for us to begin taking them for granted. How about the Internet itself? Even now, many of us still jokingly (or perhaps not so jokingly) assume that Al Gore invented the World Wide Web, when that honor rightfully falls to Tim Berners-Lee. If you’ve made your way onto this site, it’s probably because you have a...
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Limit the Ring No Answer (RNA) to 18 seconds for all call centre diallers

Ring No Answer (RNA) is the length of time that an outbound call rings before the predictive dialler hangs up with a call disposition of No Answer. Best practice is to set your dialler call timeout to 18 seconds per call, This also keeps you in line with the Ofcom "abandoned calls" regulations which is now 0% tolerance since March 2017. If asked “How should RNA time be set for maximum productivi...
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CAPS – Call Attempts Per Second

Call Attempts Per Second CAPS is a measure of the total number of call requests that can be made by a telecoms system or network each second. CAPS is a more accurate measure of call processing power than the commonly used CPS or Calls Per Second (see CPS). This is because making X number of call requests per second actually places more demand on a network than does handling all the calls that are...
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CPS – Calls Per Second

Calls Per Second CPS is a very common metric used in the telecommunications industry. CPS describes the number of simultaneous calls a telecoms system or network can successfully handle each second. CPS is often used to refer to the processing power of telecommunications networks, but a more accurate measure for call processing is actually Call Attempts Per Second or CAPS.
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Missed Call Traffic Abuse and Scams

Missed Call Traffic Abuse and Scams If you receive a missed call on your mobile phone from a number you don't recognise, think twice before calling it back. That's because there's a chance if you do ring back, you could fall victim to a scam which could leave you out of pocket. The following explains more about 'missed call' scams, how to spot them and what to do if you think you may have f...
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GDPR Myths

As GDPR frenzy hits fever pitch, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is keen to squash some of the more outlandish myths that have been swirling around. As Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner put it, “I want to set the record straight. I want to bust the myths. Because I know that most organisations want to get GDPR right when it comes into force.” To separate fact from fi...
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Ofcom Regulations for Call Centres making outbound calls

Do you make outbound calls from your call centre? If so, you might fall under the ruling of the latest Ofcom Regulations. Outbound automated diallers were first introduced into the UK in the early 1990s. As a result of initial ‘over-enthusiasm’ by contact centres, the Telephone Preference Service was set up in 1999 and today has over 15 million phone numbers registered. The DMA Code of ...
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Call Centre Dialler Callback Traffic is no longer allowed and you must adhere to Ofcom Regulations

Call Centre "Dialler Spam Call Traffic" of less than 18 seconds per call is not allowed under Ofcom regulations. Calls of 10 seconds or less per call, meaning the callee has to call back the caller are not permitted by Ofcom. You must meet the 3% abandoned call rate set down by Ofcom regulations. Even our carrier interconnects are now clamping down and blocking traffic on what we like to call "Di...
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International Calls to 084, 087 and 070 UK Numbers not going through!

Calls to 084, 087 and 070 virtual UK numbers from international phone lines not working! We have covered this subject in previous articles, but so many customers still do not understand the how telecoms companies work! Most international telecoms networks allow calls to 084, 087 and 070 virtual UK numbers, but there are also hundreds more which choose to block calls to 084, 087 and 070 virtual...
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Why is UDP used more for VoIP than TCP?

What are TCP and UDP? First, we need to build some vocabulary. TCP and UDP are connection protocols in use today for data traversing the Internet. Data travels across the Internet in packets. Think of them like letters. Like letters, they have an envelope with a to/from address on them. TCP and UDP are just two types of envelopes. The IP addresses are the to/from addresses. They both carry data a...
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