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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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Billing minimums and increments

What are Billing Minimums / Increments? Billing minimum / Increments indicate what minimum and incremental measures of time are used to calculate the duration of each call, usually for billing purposes. Historically, billing increments have ranged anywhere from 60 seconds to 6 seconds or less. A “30/6″ billing indicates a 30 second minimum with subsequent 6 second increments...
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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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What is SIP/VoIP Termination?

About SIP/VoIP call termination? SIP termination is a service which allows users to use VoIP technology for making outgoing voice calls to external phone networks all over the world, including public switched telephone network phone numbers, as well as mobile wireless operators. Tariffs for SIP termination service vary from one SIP termination provider to another and calling rates vary dependi...
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Dialler regulations – what you need to know about the 2017 Ofcom changes

Ofcom announced quite a few changes to their call centre guidelines in December 2016, focusing on the persistent misuse of calls as well as providing more clarity about how to approach silent and abandoned calls and IVM. For instance Ofcom have moved the goalpost somewhat with regards to the previously accepted 3% threshold for abandoned calls (i.e. the drop rate), which they now say should not...
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What is G.fast?

G.fast is a digital subscriber line (DSL) protocol standard for local loops shorter than 500 m, with performance targets between 150 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s, depending on loop length. High speeds are only achieved over very short loops. Although G.fast was initially designed for loops shorter than 250 meters, Sckipio in early 2015 demonstrated G.fast delivering speeds over 100 Mbit/s nearly 500 meters...
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