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A key U.S. Senate chairman said they need to pass legislation to shield customers from unauthorized third-party charges on their phone bills because U.S. telecom companies has failed to stop the practice. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said a one-year research by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee indicated that about US$2 billion a year in unknown fees show up on the landline phone bills of Americans, a problem known as cramming.

Content developers needed for Panasonic Viera IPTVs Following the practices of Apple, BlackBerry and Google, Panasonic calls on developers to create apps for its proprietary Viera Connect IPTV platform. As with all new operating systems, success and failure is not based on traditional values such as user interface, intuitiveness or security, but on the number of apps available to use. Panasonic is looking to win the IPTV war by collecting the best array of programs to run on its TVs.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team today revealed that video calls and an updated chat are coming to their social network.  The new feature is provided by Skype, the world's largest VoIP service recently bought by Microsoft, and makes video calls much easier for Facebook's 750 million users.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team today revealed that video calls and an updated chat are coming to their social network.  The new feature is provided by Skype, the world's largest VoIP service recently bought by Microsoft, and makes video calls much easier for Facebook's 750 million users.

LightSquared closes deal with VoIP provider while awaits FCC Approval On the same day that FedEx and the New York City Fire Department joined the anti-LightSquared "Coalition to Save Our GPS," LightSquared landed a new customer in low-cost VoIP provider NetTalk.com. Under the agreement, NetTalk.com would use LightSquared's proposed, multi-billion dollar 4G LTE network, which still needs to pass one final layer of approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Microsoft has a patent application pending at the U.S. Patent Office for a technology that will open a legal backdoor in communications equipment to record Voice over IP (VoIP) conversations and chat. The Redmond-based company has developed means to secretly intercept, monitor and record communications on VoIP networks. With Skype soon to be part of Microsoft, it's likely the technology will be used in some role with Skype’s VoIP client.

KeyOn expands VoIP operations across the US KeyOn Communications Holdings, Inc, one of the largest providers of wireless broadband, satellite video and currently VoIP services in the U.S., said in a statement that today the company acquired CommX, an established VoIP operator. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong of California Equity LLC holds the largest shares in KeyOn Communications.

Uzbektelecom, the state-owned telecommunications provider for Uzbekistan, has put out to tender an order for almost $1 million in hardware, software and implementation services to launch a nascent IPTV offering in the country. The tender is open for submissions until July 14th, 2011.

 

English Text of Tender terms below taken from : http://www.uztelecom.uz/ru/press/news/1239

An Arizona voice over IP provider has sued Apple over its use of the iCloud name, claiming the tech giant's use of it infringes on its trademark and causes confusion over competing products. In a lawsuit filed Thursday at the US District Court of Arizona, a company named iCloud Communications, LLC seeks an injunction against Apple's use of the iCloud name, as well as an unspecified amount of monetary compensation for damages.

The U.S. government is leading an international effort to distribute “shadow” Internet and cell phone systems that dissidents can use to counter repressive regimes that aims to silence them by censoring or shutting down vital telecommunications networks.

The effort includes secret projects to assemble independent mobile phone networks inside said countries, as well as one covert operation in a fifth-floor shop on L Streetin Washington, D.C., where a group of scraggly-looking young men are fitting deceptively innocent-looking computer hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.”

Wireless charging market gets sales boost from Mobile VoIP phones VoIP phones with wireless handsets are often supplied with a charging dock, allowing the batteries to be restored to full power at any time during which the unit is not in use for a call. However, by some time VoIP phones could be charged without the need for a direct circuit connection between the handset and the mains.

Rebtel considered to be one of the biggest competitors to Skype, is banking on the said company to not develop fast enough on providing services for smartphone users. Skype does offer mobile applications, but it has been rather sluggish in launching and improving them.

The snom 3xx series has been validated by Interactive Intelligence for use with the company’s all-in-one IP communications software suite for contact centers and enterprises. snom technology announced today that its snom 3xx series IP desktop phones have passed interoperability testing for use with Interactive Intelligence’s all-in-one IP communications software suite, the Customer Interaction Center (CIC).

What your wireless operator knows about you Operators can tell a lot about the devices, apps, and content you use. But they're far more interested in macro-level trends that show shifts in overall usage patterns as mobile broadband use continues to increase.

In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) reports that the IP phone industry will continue to see growth right through 2015 at which time global sales will exceed 40 million handsets. A big driver for this growth is the enterprise space where IP TDM networks are constantly being replaced or upgraded to IP Communications.

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British Telecom (BT) will change the majority of its broadband network to use multicast routers starting next year. This means that complete IPTV services, using quality of service protocols, could then be launched for the first time on the BT network.

India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) wants all mobile phone companies to keep call data records, or details of all phone calls made by their customers, for a period of five years. This move was strongly opposed by the said companies citing additional operational costs. Currently, telcos store call records only for six months.

Bamboom Labs, a new IPTV provider, said it will let you watch live broadcast TV anywhere you can get Internet connection, on whatever device you want. This company could potentially threaten the revenues of broadcasters and pay-TV operators.

Has hosted IP telephony reach its potential or it has more to go? In the United States, hosted IP telephony continues to expand and many believe it has not yet achieved its potential.  In fact, according to studies, the market for U.S. hosted IP telephony and hosted unified communications represent annual revenues of more than $500 million.

Sweden-based company freephoo recently released their free iPad application on the Swedish App Store. After downloading and installing freephoo, a customer can make free calls to other freephoo users and cheap calls to both fixed-line and mobile phones.

Many Skype users are having problems logging into Skype this morning. Many were disgruntled since a lot of their businesses rely on the online telephony service for their communications. Skype issued a press statement Thursday morning, stating “Some of you may have problems signing in to the Skype service and making calls

Together with computer experts, linguistics researchers at the University of North Carolina have demonstrated that even when encrypted, VoIP phone conversations are not as secure as popularly thought. The team recently released their findings at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland California.

After being founded during a wave of national interest in internet telephony, and after losing millions of dollars in investments, Australian company Freshtel has announced it will finally close down its VoIP services and go into mining instead. When the company first launched in January 2004, most of Australia’s consumers still used traditional telephones connected to Telstra’s PSTN network.

Skype has ended its long partnership with open-source Digium Asterisk VoIP PBX, subsequently terminating Skype for Asterisk, which integrated the VOIP service with the open-source telephony platform. After Microsoft announced that it would acquire Skype, the popular VoIP provider has begun distancing itself with open-sourced. Asterisk was the first to go.