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VoIP Internet Voice Works VoIP converts the voice signal from your telephone into a digital signal that travels over the Internet. If you are calling a regular phone number, the signal is then converted back at the other end. VoIP can allow you to make a call directly from a computer, a special VoIP phone, or a traditional phone using an adapter. In addition, new wireless "hot spots" in public locations such as airports, parks, and cafes, allow you to connect to the Internet, and may enable you to use VoIP service wirelessly. If you make a call using a phone with an adapter, you'll be able to dial just as you always have, and the service provider may also provide a dial tone. If your service assigns you a regular phone number, then a person can call you from his or her regular phone without using special equipment.
Forums There are many VoIP Forums and other user groups, but before discussing any individual group or forums, let?s see the VoIP Forum. The VoIP Forum coordinates efforts with a second IMTC activity group that is enabling interoperability of Internet telephony products based on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) H.323 standard. The H.323 standard defines protocols for transmission of video, voice and data over an IP network. The
IMTCs H.323 activity group, which in October held the first interoperability testing event for
H.323-based multimedia conferencing products, will incorporate into its implementation guidelines the full telephony service requirements developed by the VoIP Forum.
The VoIP Forum was founded in May 1996 to ensure product interoperability and a high quality of service for Internet telephony products. The group's mission is to define and promote a simple implementation agreement, in an open forum setting, for voice and
voice band data traffic over an IP network. In October 1996, the VoIP Forum joined the IMTC and now operates as one of the IMTC's activity groups.
The African VoIP Forum 3 A unique opportunity for telecommunication operators, ISPs and corporate users to learn more about ?Voice over Internet Protocol?. By transmitting phone calls over the world-wide Internet infrastructure, costs are dramatically reduced. Increasingly, African regulators are opening up the market by legalizing VoIP. Delegates will learn how this technology can :
* Cut their organizations? phone bills substantially.
* Enable them to operate effective and profitable VoIP services
* Capitalise on the cheapness of VoIP technology to make telephone calls more affordable for low-income groups, especially in rural areas
* Understand more clearly the progressive regulatory environment necessary for this technology to expand its impact.
* Develop regional and international partnerships to achieve cross-border systems.
Lagos to host African VoIP Forum
Lagos, Nigeria, is to host the third annual African VoIP Forum from 31 July to 3 August. The event is being hosted by Aitec Africa and ICT magazine, IT Edge.
Aitec's Sean Moroney says "the third African Forum on Internet telephony is a unique opportunity for telecommunication operators, ISPs and corporate users to learn more about this exciting new development in communications: Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP. By transmitting phone calls over the world-wide Internet infrastructure, costs are dramatically reduced offering a major opportunity for Nigeria and its neighbours to introduce competitive phone
FCC Holds VOIP Forum The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a forum on Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) issues. All five Commissioners sat through both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Chairman Michael Powell again stated that the FCC will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) "to inquire about the migration of voice services to IP-based networks and gather public comment on the appropriate regulatory environment for these services". See, FCC release of November 6, 2003. However, at the VOIP forum, he declined to offer a prediction about when the FCC will release this NPRM.
The Commissioners generally called for a light regulatory touch, and focused on five regulatory issues: E-911 mandates, wiretapping and surveillance under the CALEA, access by disabled people, universal service subsidies, and access charges. No Commissioners spoke in support of price regulation of VOIP services.
Second VoIP forum to drive internetworking
The Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) will be hosting its second annual Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) forum next month to focus on inter-provider cooperation.
A range of VoIP issues will be covered at the forum, from quality of service to security. The forum will also feature case studies on VoIP deployment, and a panel discussion on the implications to industry on the regulation of VoIP services.
Speakers include industry analysts and professionals from organizations such as Alcatel, Engin, Huawei, iiNet, Neighbourhood Cable, Nortel, Optus, Pacific Internet, Telstra and Telsyte, with a keynote address by the Department of Communication Information Technology and the Arts' deputy secretary of communications Fay Holthuyzen.