Mobile & Wireless

27 April 2007

The dial-through fraudsters using VoIP to outwit detectives The Guardian

Telephone switchboard hacking is not new, but criminals are now using the latest technology to cover their trails.

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13 April 2007

VoIP 'not ready for mainstream adoption' says Forrester Computer Weekly

VoIP technology is not ready for mainstream consumer adoption, says Forrester Research analyst Zayera Khan in a new report which examines VoIP service suppliers including Google, ICQ, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.

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03 April 2007

uk: VoIP rules announced BBC

Net phone service providers must be upfront about limitations of their services, regulator Ofcom says. It said suppliers in the fast-growing VoIP sector must explain when selling services whether they include emergency services access. Providers, including Skype, must also spell out other limits, including where directory listings are unavailable.

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30 March 2007

uk: Net phone service rules announced BBC

Net phone service providers must be upfront about limitations of their services, regulator Ofcom says. It said suppliers in the fast-growing VoIP sector must explain when selling services whether they include emergency services access. Providers, including Skype, must also spell out other limits, including where directory listings are unavailable.

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uk: Small biz loves VoIP The Register

Right now 25 per cent of small businesses are using Voice over Internet Protocol to make calls. This is expected to almost double to 48 per cent by this time next year.

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27 March 2007

us: VoIP and the law: An overview Tech Republic

The United States has some laws and restrictions on the books that pertain to VoIP, but more are likely on the way. Deb Shinder offers an overview of legislation that affects VoIP services and discusses what the future may bring. In many respects, the Internet has been the last frontier of freedom. In a world where governments increasingly control more and more aspects of our lives, cyberspace was the one "place" where one could come and go without being subject to much regulation.

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VoIP phreakers establish thriving black market The Register

Telephone systems hackers have established a thriving black market in reselling stolen VoIP minutes. Hackers are breaking into gateway servers used to connect a carrier's phone network to the internet and reselling this access to smaller, unscrupulous operators, sometimes via web-based wholesale minutes markets. Wholesale purchasers of the purloined access are often small telco operations who resell access to ordinary punters via printed phone cards.

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23 March 2007

us: Appeals court: VoIP to stay free of state regulation ARS Technica

The FCC's decision to exempt VoIP services from most state regulation was upheld today by a federal appeals court -- good news for VoIP operators like Vonage but a disappointment to states that want to exert greater control over the technology.

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20 March 2007

Integration is key to effective VoIP Computer Weekly

We seem to be well along the way to converging our voice and data networks, utilising VoIP. As we bring everything together and allow a single group of techies to look after the voice and data, surely we will achieve efficiency and effectiveness gains?

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17 March 2007

Regulation of VOIP services in the European Union Internet Business Law Services

In order to encourage competition between Internet carriers of telephone traffic and traditional telephone the European Commission favors an EU-wide light touch approach to VoIP services. The European Commission launched a consultation on the treatment of Voice over VoIP services under the EU regulatory framework. Based on the conclusions reached in this consultation, the European Commission expressed its intention to promote the development of VoIP services rather than develop detailed guidelines for VoIP. Moreover, VoIP providers often face difficulties to provide guaranteed access to emergency services due to technical limitations. However, rather than impose strict obligations, the European Commission has encouraged market players to collaborate on possible solutions for the provision of emergency access services.

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13 March 2007

Convergence promises to slash voice bills vnunet

Fixed-mobile convergence, combined with VoIP, will allow corporate customers to slash their voice telephony bills by over a third, experts predict. A new Analysys report warned that mobile network operators in particular will have to work hard to arrest the decline in enterprise voice revenues in the face of technology that can allow companies to bypass more expensive services.

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09 March 2007

Microsoft predicts VoIP call charges will plummet IT News.com.au

The average cost of a VoIP service for business will fall by 50 per cent in three years, a senior Microsoft executive predicted.

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02 March 2007

Wireless VoIP Threatens Telco Business Business Week

The combination of wireless and Internet calling will force traditional mobile-phone companies to adapt as sales of dual-mode handsets rise, a report says. Traditional phone operators will be forced to change their approach as wireless VoIP technology surges over the next few years, say analysts.

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Regulation of VOIP Services in the United Kingdom Internet Business Law Services

The proliferation of VoIP services has impacted the UK communication market over the last five years. VoIP services deliver significant consumer benefit through reducing the cost of delivering existing telecommunications services. Since the development of VoIP services is still in its infancy, the future development of these services and technology is, at present, unclear.

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06 February 2007

Residential VoIP users to hit 267m by 2012 Infomatics

Global residential VoIP services will attract 267 million subscribers in 2012, a huge jump from the 38 million users registered last year, new research from ABI Research has predicted.

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30 January 2007

NEC develops technology to prevent VoIP spam TG Daily

NEC today said that it has made first steps to bring a new technology to market that promises to protect VoIP from "Spam over IP" . In first test, the technology has achieved a 99% success rate, the company claims.

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19 January 2007

Businesses too scared to switch to VoIP: But should they be? Silicon

Companies are missing out on the long-term benefits of VoIP because they're too afraid of the short-term pain of putting in the systems, a new survey has revealed.

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18 January 2007

Businesses too scared to switch to VoIP: But should they be? Silicon

Companies are missing out on the long-term benefits of VoIP because they're too afraid of the short-term pain of putting in the systems, a new survey has revealed.

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17 January 2007

Skype founders move into net TV BBC

The firm that made its name with free net calls is making a grab for the lucrative market of internet TV.

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12 December 2006

us: VoIP Subscribers Grow 18 Percent in 3Q Silicon Valley/AP

U.S. subscribers to Internet-based telephone services grew 18 percent to 8.2 million in the third quarter, but the growth rate slowed for a second straight quarter, according to the research firm TeleGeography.

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The VoIP Peering Puzzle: ENUM Standards and Operation VoIP Planet

In a recent tutorial, VoIP Planet took a high-level view of one of the key technical issues -- address translation -- that must be resolved in order for end-to-end VoIP services to become widespread and readily available. That translation is required because telephone numbers adhere to one addressing standard, known as E.164, (the International Public Telecommunication Numbering Plan, developed by the ITU-T -- see www.itu.int); and Internet-connected workstations use Internet Protocol addresses, developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as part of their protocol specifications for IP version 4 (IPv4) and IP version 6 (IPv6).

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29 January 2006

OECD: VoIP: Developments in the market PDF - oecd.org

This paper is aimed at providing an overview of the initiatives taken and market developments in VoIP services across OECD countries focusing on an examination of who the providers are and what kind of features VoIP services are currently providing.

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