Feeds

UK VoIP sector gets trade body

ITSPA official then

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

The UK's fast-emerging Internet telephony industry has set up its own trade association to promote and represent the needs of the sector.

Thirteen UK companies have come together to form the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA) to lobby the UK Government and communications regulator, Ofcom, as well the European Commission and other regulators.

ITSPA is also keen to encourage the innovation and development of the Internet telephony industry through the promotion of self-regulation and competition.

Internet telephony lets users make voice calls over any Internet connection, particularly broadband, using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). In many cases it can provide cheaper telephony compared to traditional services, with calls to other Internet phones often free of charge.

It's estimated that more than six million people worldwide currently make voice calls over their Internet connection, primarily in Japan and the USA. ITSPA reckons that the UK market is now poised to take-off in much the same way.

Said ITSPA spokesman Kim Thesiger: "Internet Telephony providers now offer a serious alternative to the existing telephone companies, and we need to look at the levels of regulation and encouragement that this industry needs.

"This technology will revolutionise the way in which consumers and businesses make voice calls over the next few years ushering in far cheaper prices for phone calls and offering a wealth of new products and services that were only available to the biggest corporations until now."

ITSPA is keen to recruit other companies in the sector although Mr Thesiger expressed doubts as to whether the UK's incumbent fixed line telco, BT, would be allowed to join the group. Last week BT announced details of its BT Communicator product that, once in place, will enable punters to make voice calls over the Internet.

The thirteen founder members of ITSPA are: Call UK; ET Phones; Gossiptel; Gradwell dot com; Idesk; Imass Telecom; Intervivo; Magrathea; Mistral Internet; Speak2World; Telappliant; Telco Global; and T-Strategy.

Industry analysts, Juniper Research, reckon VoIP is gong to be huge and predicts that it will generate $47bn a year by 2009 as flat-rate IP-based voice tariffs gradually replace traditional services. ®

Related Story

VoIP set to generate megabucks
BT goes broadband crazy
Tiscali in Net phone deal
Skype secures £11m funding

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives
Oracle's Linux boss says Larry's Linux isn't just for Oracle apps anymore
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.