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What Are Ofcom’s Rules on Outbound Calling Times?

A question we often get asked is what Ofcom considers acceptable outbound calling times for call centres? As this is one of the common complaints people make regarding call centres, you’d have thought that this would be clearly defined and easy to establish. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not. As this matter logically falls into the remit of the use (or misuse) of a public communications network, y...
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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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BT to be fined £42m for breaching contracts with telecoms providers

BT will be fined £42m for a serious breach of Ofcom’s rules, after the company reduced compensation payments to other telecoms providers for late installations. Ofcom investigation finds BT cut its compensation payments for delays in connecting high-speed business lines These important networks underpin the UK’s communications infrastructure BT has admitted failings, and agreed to compe...
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Vodafone Paging Network Closure

Vodafone closes down their paging network. Vodafone have announced that they will be closing their wide-area national paging network by 31st March 2018. This means that any Vodafone Paging customers who have not made alternative arrangements will lose their paging service on this date. Vodafone will shut down its pager network by the end of the after reaching an impasse with competition watchd...
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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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