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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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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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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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O2 network and the TAP gateway used for SMS texting via PSTN

Switch to OpenTAP, the UK's Leading Managed TAP Gateway, as recommended by Texecom and Honeywell. Honeywell Security Group has recently received the following email extract from the BSIA (British Security Industry Association), regarding the O2 network and the TAP gateway used for SMS texting via PSTN. The O2 centre number (07860 980480) has been unreliable for a period of time, and even thoug...
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