Mobile & Wireless

24 July 2007

us: VoIP woes: Losing service without warning InfoWorld

VoIP is heralded as a new age of free-market competition in the telecom industry, but it is still not without significant drawbacks: On Monday evening, my wife reached me on my mobile phone. She was spending a long weekend with her family in Maine. "I've called our home phone several times," she said. "And I keep getting a busy signal." That night, I didn't think twice about the phone problem. We have been VoIP customers for more than a year, and flaky service has been standard operating procedure. I reset my VoIP converter box and crossed my fingers.

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16 July 2007

Antiguan Government gets heat on VOIP crackdown Antigua Sun

The reaction has been swift and at least one major telecommunications provider is urging the government to move swiftly to make up its mind about how VOIP technology may be used.

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13 July 2007

US lags behind in global VoIP race Infomatics

The market for consumer VoIP services boomed in 2006, industry watchers reported today, and Europe is leading the way. The latest market estimates from In-Stat said that worldwide VoIP subscribers increased by 34 million in 2006, and that almost half of the new subscribers were located in Europe.

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06 July 2007

Experts: Enterprises Must Focus on VOIP Security eWeek

As the number of VOIP deployments is expected to continue to increase, IT professionals and researchers are urging enterprises not to forget about security. Voice-over-IP security threats are viewed as more theoretical than actual. But the few cases that have come to light have been brazen and costly. For example, investigators arrested two people in 2006 for a scam in which they were accused of hacking into the networks of several unnamed companies and hijacking their VOIP bandwidth for resale.

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03 July 2007

Dutch VoIP connections pass 2 million mark Telecom Paper

The Dutch consumer telephony market grew by 0.1 percent during the first quarter of 2007 to 6.017 million connections, as a continued drop in PSTN/ISDN lines was offset by a strong VoIP market. According to Telecompaper's Dutch Fixed Telephony Q1 2007 report, the number of PSTN/ISDN connections fell 7.1 percent in the first quarter to 3.9 million, while Dutch consumer VoIP subscriptions grew by more than 17 percent to 2.1 million.

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12 June 2007

Vodafone says VoIP is 'expensive' and 'unsafe' The Register

Vodafone is telling customers that VoIP services are insecure - even as Sky News is reporting that VoIP calls threaten our war on terror because such calls can't be intercepted.

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VoIP War Rages On CRN

After a solid week of speculation, the fate of Avaya is now somewhat clear. The world was aware that the company was in play, and the world, as it is wont to do, could not help but speculate about what might happen to the company that began as Ma Bell and lived as a part of Lucent Technologies before being cast off on its own to fend for itself.

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01 June 2007

Attackers get chatty on VoIP InfoWorld

The recent spate of malware attacks propagating throughout the user base of the Skype Internet calling system illustrates a broader trend toward cyber-criminals moving to take advantage of VoIP platforms as they become increasingly popular.

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Deutsche Telekom backs VoIP firm BBC

Deutsche Telekom is investing in the internet telephone company Jajah, joining the rush of major telecoms groups to back the technology.

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18 May 2007

Subscriber numbers doubled during 2006, reports Point Topic IT News

Retail VoIP subscriber numbers more than doubled during 2006 from 19 million to 40 million worldwide, new research from Point Topic reports.

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11 May 2007

VoIP telephony market to top 25 million US households by 2012, says JupiterResearch DigiTimes

The VoIP telephony market will top 25 million US households by 2012, driven by greater broadband subscribership and the expansion by cable operators into new markets, according to research firm JupiterResearch.

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01 May 2007

VoIP Deployments Soaring, Cost Still a Barrier Circle ID

Plans to deploy VoIP are soaring, but enterprises still have a hard time justifying costs to upper management. According to a survey by BT INS, 62% of respondents either have deployed or are in the process of deploying VoIP across their networks -- up from 44% in 2005. Another 18% are designing or testing VoIP deployments for limited network segments. At the same time, however, cost is becoming a more significant barrier to adopting VoIP, the survey found.

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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

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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