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Belgian court fines Skype with EUR 30,000 for non-cooperation

Belgium‘s Antwerp Court of Appeal has imposed a fine of EUR 30,000 on Skype, for not cooperating in a judicial investigation, according to Datanews. READ MORE: Belgium adopts new rules on employee mobile costs A Mechelen investigating magistrate had asked the software company in September 2012 to transfer certain account data in the context of a judicial investigation and to…

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How is the Internet Killing The Regular Phone Call?

As we all know, the mobile phone came and replaced a massive portion of landlines. Now, there are 4.77 billion mobile phone users in 2017 and the number is expected to reach 5 billion by 2019. And as of August 2017, there are as many as 3.8 billion active users connected to the internet using mobile devices. The regular phone call is getting less and…

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German small operators call for network usage fee for OTT providers

Online service providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Youtube should pay a network usage fee to support the costs of broadband network upgrades and expansion, according to the German association of small broadband and TV providers FRK. “Through broadband networks, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Google and Facebook are developing into global TV giants evading any responsibility and regulation,…

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US consumers happier with OTT but cord cutters decline

US pay-TV subscribers are growing increasingly satisfied with over-the-top streaming TV services such as Netflix and Hulu, but they are also spending nearly an hour more a week watching regularly scheduled television programming than they did two years ago, according to studies from JD Power. Overall customer satisfaction with the streaming video service experience (7.91 on a 10-point scale) and…

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Trai asks telcos to cut voice costs to level of OTT applications

OTT applications like WhatsApp, Skype, Hike, etc, are able to deliver voice communications at a fraction of a paisa per minute After having cut call termination charges to six paise a minute, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) wants mobile telephone operators to reduce their voice call costs to the level of over-the-top (OTT) applications. The latter’s voice call costs are a fraction of a…

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WhatsApp hits 1 billion active users every day, Facebook reaches 2 billion monthly active users

The announcement from WhatsApp came from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the Silicon Valley company’s second-quarter earnings call. The company further revealed that it in an average 55 billion messages are sent per day. The chat app now supports 60 languages and users exchange 4.5 billion photos per day. Also, 1 billion videos are shared on WhatsApp every day. READ MORE: WhatsApp…

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Disruptive competition is the top strategic challenge for the telecommunications sector, EY survey reveals

New opportunities in IoT and 5G hold promise for future growth More than one third (37%) of CTOs and CIOs interviewed by EY see disruptive competition as the single greatest strategic challenge facing the telecommunications sector, according to the report, Digital transformation for 2020 and beyond. Nearly three out of four survey respondents (74%) place it in their top three…

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Switzerland ISPs top leader board for Netflix performance

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 93 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. READ MORE: State of the Internet:…

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Telegram launched voice calls

Telegram is the latest messaging app to get a major new feature, but unlike Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and countless others, it isn’t cribbing from Snapchat. That’s because Telegram is introducing voice calls. The service is initially available in western Europe and will roll out in the rest of the world “very soon”, the company said. Voice calls come with…

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OTT Voice Bypass Fraud Accounts For Over Five Million Minutes Of Calling A Month On One Network

As the use of Voice over IP (VoIP) grows due to its wide adoption as part of Over-the-Top (OTT) applications, its integration with the many decades old SS7 interconnect agreements are a growing cause of concern for end subscribers, regulators and obviously communication service providers. Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators,…

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