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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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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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OpenTAP access number changes

Due to the new Ofcom regulation changes effective immediately you are required to change the access number for OpenTAP Due to legislation and regulation changes Ofcom has decided that as of October 2019 all 070 Personal Numbers will be re-rated to the cost of a mobile call. Therefore we can no longer support OpenTAP on the current access numbers 07045607101 or 07011106620. You must therefore chan...
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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. Agan the subject has come up with call centre customers. "Abandoned Calls", "Call Blasting", "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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Ofcom removes 3% ‘safe harbour’ for abandoned calls

Ofcom no longer tolerates "abandoned calls" also known as "dropped calls" from call centre traffic. UK industry regulator Ofcom is increasingly showing its teeth, with an ever-growing number of fines being handed down to its rule-breakers. In fact, the majority of these new fines have been related to silent and abandoned calls. According to Phil Reynolds, Joint CEO at call recording vendor ...
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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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