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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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Abandoned and silent calls

The phone rings, you rush to answer but there's no-one on the line. Abandoned and silent calls can be annoying and irritating at the best of times. These are also known as CC and ping calls. But for some people – for example, those living alone – these calls can be particularly frightening. This guide explains more about these calls, what can cause them and what you can do about them. What...
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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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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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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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The understanding about what “abandoned calls” means for call centres

"Abandoned Calls" and prohibited by most telecom providers and regulators of the telecoms industry. Again the subject has come up with call centre customers. "Abandoned Calls", "Ping Calls", "Missed Calls", this is all prohibited call traffic, which is not approved by any telecoms regulator and Ofcom have now banned it. As of March 2017 Ofcom announced 0% toleration on Abandoned Call Traffic. ...
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20 Free SIP/VoIP 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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SMS over PSTN Phone Lines (Endorsed by Texecom Ltd)

        Vodafone the last man standing? SMS over PSTN phone lines has been used in varying industries for many years, and was often sold as an additional service by alarm companies, allowing the user to be notified of alarm conditions, and open/close events. For many years there were two main players operating the service in the UK, O2 and Vodafone. In 2012 th...
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