this freedom comes the threat of new entrants, sometimes less than ethical practices of companies that were impossible for the state controlled monopoly; and with increased freedom comes a new wave of regulation.
A fact telecom industry is that all new members have had to resell all or part of the infrastructure duty monopoly. However, by using the Internet and unbundled local loop broadband, VoIP is a technology that will allow a new type of telecom operators that has no recall to duty monopoly but to interconnect with mounting traffic between.
VoIP, it has attracted the attention of regulators, and of a Europe-wide perspective, the issue is this attention is different from one country to another. Each National Regulatory Authority has a different view.
According to a recent survey of network technology company Spirent Communications, International Engineering Consortium and Total Telecom magazine, twenty percent of European telecommunications executives say that regulation is the biggest threat to VoIP, while 84 percent believe that technology is ready for widespread deployment.
According to the Gartner report in January 2006, no common approach to date has been agreed among regulatory authorities (NRAs) for the delivery of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in Europe. In some countries, the service is treated as being equivalent to a regular circuit-switched telephone network, while in others it is considered more data services. Until common procedure is performed, VoIP service providers will be unable to deliver common platforms service requests many countries, removing one of the major opportunities enabled by the underlying technology -. As of cross-national competition
The survey found that the national supervisory authority against the development of specific rules or codes of VoIP. While no one has the appetite to aggressively manage these technologies, changes will need to happen to meet the rapid move in consumer and business use patterns. Gartner believes that VoIP and other IP-enabled or communication services (ECS) on the due date, users are often unaware of the protection and legitimate rights are not the same with VoIP services as for switched voice.
The Gartner Finishes, VoIP will force broad regulatory changes, because voice telephony is redefined. IP not only affect the pricing of voice services, but also changes in the way voice services and features are purchased, provisioned, delivered, marketed and managed. Therefore, the inevitable regulatory changes will improve the cost allocation of IP-enabled services, so the final end-user price advantage currently enjoyed VoIP services.
Regarding the UK market in particular, under the Communications Act 2003 Ofcom primary control of the VoIP market is the police code of conduct for providers of public telephony services – of what the strategy – to consumers and small businesses. (As for corporations, caveat emptor.) This Code of Practice focuses on business processes as opposed to the underlying technology and, as far as the consumer is concerned, all that is needed.
to quote Article 52 of the Act itself
(2) Those matters are-
(a) handling of complaints to public providers of some domestic and small business customers of ;
(b) the resolution of disputes between such providers and from the domestic and small business customers their
(c) to provide remedies and redress in cases which form the subject-matter of such complaints or disputes
(d) information on service standards and the rights of domestic and small business customers who can have access to those customers that public providers;
(e) any other matter Ofcom seems to be necessary to ensure effective protection for domestic and small business customers such providers.
position Vega Stream is laying down the VoIP industry is similar to Ofcom. The program is simple – the ability to enable people to talk to each other over a telecommunications network. With Vega Stream side this network can include both IP and TDM elements and the fact is completely transparent to the end. Regulators must continually develop their abilities to protect consumers against bad business practices and ensure a pioneer in VoIP industry can bring the full benefits of this technology for businesses and consumers alike.