Guardian: Oftel assigns new UK telephone prefix to VoIP

Discussion in 'VOIP' started by Sufaud, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. Sufaud

    Sufaud Guest

    The issue is scarcely new, even for the UK.

    See Oftel consultation document at
    http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/past/vob/vobs/vobs_fwd/?a=87101

    A Feb. 2004 blog at
    http://www.ofcomwatch.co.uk/2004_02_22_blogarchive

    A March 2004 critique at
    http://www.kenradio.com/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=190

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    Cyberspace gets an area code

    Gerard Seenan
    Tuesday September 7, 2004
    The Guardian

    It's not London (020), and it doesn't much resemble Birmingham (0121).
    People visit it from Glasgow (0141) and go surfing it in Ipswich
    (01473). So what is that place with the phone prefix 056? Cyberspace.

    Ofcom, the telecommunications regulator, announced yesterday that on
    top of the traditional landline prefixes and mobile phone numbers,
    people will now have to memorise a whole new set of phone numbers for
    calls via the internet.

    The prefix 056 is to be assigned as the area code for those who want
    to make telephone calls using a high-speed internet connection.

    The move comes in response to the growing market for cheap telephone
    calls made over the internet.

    The technology piggybacks on broadband connections and allows users to
    make cheap, or sometimes free, telephone calls in return for a monthly
    subscription.

    Internet service providers and cable companies now routinely offer
    internet telephone connections to their customers using voice over
    internet protocol (Voip).

    Ofcom said it believed Voip could lead to a sharp drop in call costs,
    since it costs far less to offer such services than it does to offer
    traditional telephone services.

    The regulator made its announcement yesterday as part of a
    broad-ranging statement on how it intends to regulate services that
    use the internet rather than the traditional telephone network.


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/news/0,12597,1298821,00.html
     
    Sufaud, Sep 7, 2004
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