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Top Stories of the Week - July 16, 2011

Voip-Pal upgrades its OTC stock

The VoIP provider announces that it has been upgraded on its OTC Markets Tier to "OTC Pink Current Information" Status in the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board. Dennis Chang, the company’s president, said this represents a major milestone for Voip-Pal and its current and future shareholders.

He also said that in order to comply to OTC's stringent 'Guidelines for Publishing Adequate Current Information', they have compiled and uploaded three years of recent financials, posted a detailed disclosure statement and obtained an Attorney Letter of Opinion in regards to Adequate Current Information.

FCC to decide on tougher 911 requirements for VoIP services

The United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take more time and is seeking comment before it acts to improve 911 availability and E911 location determination for Voice over Internet Protocol services, a decision that drew mixed reviews from VoIP users.

While the FCC strengthened the Enhanced 911 location accuracy rules for wireless carriers, the commission said it would wait before deciding whether to apply existing 911 rules that cover two-way interconnected VoIP services to "outbound-only" interconnected VoIP services.

Sauna Works announces latest VoIP ventures

Sauna Works has decided to transition to VoIP with Virtual PBX in an effort to allow employees to stay in constant communication with customers through VoIP, mobile and landline phones.

Sauna Works, the company that has been manufacturing and selling infrared saunas for over 14 years first turned to a PBX solution in 2006 in an effort to more closely monitor sales and service calls.

Level 3 underscores the value of End-to-End IP by enhancing Microsoft Lync

For quite some time now, the terms VoIP and convergence were used hand in hand. In fact, much of the early value proposition of VoIP was centered on convergence - that is, the ability to take two networks and converge them down to a single network.

Experts say that the value proposition of VoIP should never have been about convergence. They said if the world really wanted convergence then ATM would have won out decades ago.

The difference between ATM-based convergence and current practices is that ATM converged things at layer 2 where VoIP does it at layer 3 and being able to do things at the IP layer is the real value of VoIP.

Worldwide IPTV penetration rate to top 10 pct in 5 years

The global penetration rate of Internet protocol television (IPTV) is expected to surpass 10 percent in five years as more households watch TV shows delivered through broadband Internet networks, an industry report said Tuesday.

According to the report by Digital TV Research Ltd., the number of IPTV subscribers will hit 155 million in 2016, more than quadruple the 35 million users at the end of last year. The number will push up the global IPTV penetration rate, the portion of IPTV homes within the households that own a TV, to 10.5 percent in 2016 from 2.6 percent at the end of 2010.