06/12/2007

Regulation of VoIP Services: Access to the Emergency Services | Ofcom

Regulation of VoIP Services: Access to the Emergency Services | Ofcom

By September 2008 anyone providing VoIP services will need to provide access to the Emergency Services (in the UK 999 or 112). Previously only PATS (public access telephony services) were obliged to provide 999 services, now any PECS (public electronics cummincations system) provider will need to provide access to 999.

The only exemption is web-based "click to call" services as they can be seen as distinct and they do not have to provide access.

Licence-Exemption Framework Review | Ofcom

Licence-Exemption Framework Review | Ofcom

Ofcom has published a statement on the framework for managing spectrum used by licence-exempt devices.

This is a long document and is based on results of Ofcom's previous Spectrum Framework Review.

Much of it is to do with whether it's possible to regulate at all (like in the 2.4GHz band) and how other areas should be managed.

It also covers things like UWB which will become prevalent in the future.

Amendment to the PhonepayPlus Code of Practice (11th Edition) | Ofcom

Amendment to the PhonepayPlus Code of Practice (11th Edition) | Ofcom

Ofcom is consulting on the amendment to the PhonepayPlus Code of Practice (11th Edition) which closes on 5pm on 16 January 2008.

PhonepayPlus is the industry body formerly known as ICSTIS who are the industry body for Premium Rate Services.

Ofcom works with PhoneypayPlus for the regulation of PRS though they are independent organisations.

03/12/2007

Statement on the making of regulations in connection with the award of 10 GHz, 28 GHz, 32 GHz and 40 GHz | Ofcom

Statement on the making of regulations in connection with the award of 10 GHz, 28 GHz, 32 GHz and 40 GHz | Ofcom

Ofcom has made 4 statutory instruments which will come into force on December 21st 2007 relating to the 4 awards of spectrum. They are also expecting applications to be entered on the 16th Jan 2008 (which will be confirmed after the SIs come into force).

Various of these allocations didn't really amount to anything last time they were licensed (the 10GHz licenses returned their licenses), but with new technology available there may be renewed interest.

Ofcom sets industry deadline for two hour mobile number porting | Ofcom

Ofcom sets industry deadline for two hour mobile number porting | Ofcom

Ofcom has published timescales for mobile operators to implement 2 hour port times.

Ofcom has already published a date of April 2008 for moving the current 5 day period to 2 hours and now in September 2009 operators will have to reduce the porting time to 2 hours.

Ofcom are also making the operators implement a database for efficient porting and routing of calls.

All eyes on London as Ofcom plans spectrum use for the 2012 Olympics | Ofcom

All eyes on London as Ofcom plans spectrum use for the 2012 Olympics | Ofcom

Ofcom are consulting on spectrum for the London 2012 Olympics.

There is a requirement for Private Mobile Radio, audio links (commentary etc) and outside broadcasts.

Anyone wanting to participate should respond.