What are the biggest VoIP trends of 2017?

Does your business use Voice over IP services (VoIP)? Many do, and the number continues to grow as the convenience of internet telephony services becomes more and more sought after. VoIP_News, a blog dedicated to discussion of this handy tech, published a piece on the upcoming VoIP trends of 2017. Their list gives a bit of insight into the industry, and may just give you some idea as to whether or not VoIP is right for your business. The first trend VoIP_News outlined was “5G Technology Begins to Emerge.” Although not expected until 2020, VoIP providers are beginning to think

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VoIP is Taking Over

VoIP has become a standard part of the telecom and business world, and it’s only getting bigger. According to IHS analytics, the global VoIP market rose five percent to $73 billion in 2015. This growth is attributed, at least in part, to businesses and the diverse network of suppliers. Suppliers don’t have just businesses to thank for the market growth, however. Residential VoIP use remains a major player, accounting for 62 percent of 2015 revenue. At the end of 2015, there were 230 million residential VoIP users. VoIP isn’t the only service with significant growth. Similarly, use of SIP trunking,

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More Businesses Embracing VoIP Services

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) services are gaining mainstream acceptance, with more and more businesses adopting the technology, states a new report. Infonetics Research’s VoIP and US Services and Subscribers report found that from 2012 to 2012, global business and residential VoIP services grew eight percent to $68 billion. Sales of unified communication and hosted PBX services grew 35 percent to meet growing demand for enterprise cloud-based services. About 10 to 20 percent of new IP PBX lines are part of a managed service or outsourced contract. Overall, VoIP services revenue is expected to increase to $88 billion by 2018. “Business VoIP services

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Snapchat, Skype fall to hackers

Two major communications apps suffered security breaches over the holidays. Snapchat – a multi-media messaging system where ‘snaps’ are only visible for a few seconds before being deleted permanently – experienced a huge leak, with over 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers being posted online by hackers. The database appears to have been taken down, and Australian-based Gibson Security has launched a service that will let a user know if their information has been compromised. Coincidentally, Gibson Security was also the firm that warned the world such a breach was possible, documenting potential security flaws in a Christmas Eve post.

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Microsoft Adds Skype to Outlook

Big news from Microsoft this week with the announcement it has merged popular video-chat service Skype with Outlook email. As of Monday, it was announced that users in Brazil, Canada, Germany, the UK, and the United States will be the first to have access to Skype through Outlook, though further global expansion is expected. With more innovative technology being developed every day, communication is a rapidly changing area of life. Microsoft has made a smart move by adding one of the most frequently used means of communication to their list of services. In the long run, this will probably be

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VoIP providers eye changes to regulations

For the last 10 years, Voice over IP (VoIP) services have exploded in popularity. Every day millions of Americans rely on the service to make the majority of their traditional phone calls. Why are more and more people turning to the Internet-based service? Most will tell you that the lowered cost is the biggest selling point, especially when compared with fees for landline service. And it’s not just the residential sector that’s been affected – more businesses are eying VoIP as a viable alternative. It’s a trend that’s been closely monitored by the Federal Communications Commission, which recently announced it

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Users spend 2 billion minutes a day Skyping

Skype has proved itself a popular way for people around the world to stay in touch without racking up pricey phone bills. Ever wonder just how many people are using the VoIP app? Well wonder no more – according to the company, it adds up to two billion minutes per day. As Mashable points out, that’s the equivalent of watching 16 million movies, or travelling from Earth to the moon 225,000 times. “Skype has been growing in its number of minutes at double digit rate for a steady time,” Elisa Steele, Skype corporate VP of marketing, was quoted as saying.

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ISPs living up to advertised speeds

The Federal Communications Commission’s recently released report on consumer wireline broadband performance has found the majority of Internet service providers (ISPs) are delivering speeds as advertised during peak consumer usage hours. The February report — part of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America initiative, with data collected last September — found that 97 per cent of ISPs were coming through with promised speeds during the busiest hours of 7-11 p.m. on weekdays. Most providers remained steady, with results on par with the previous FCC study. One standout was Frontier, which improved performance by a significant 13 per cent. The FCC was

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Could Wi-Fi/cellular hybrid be the next big thing?

A recent piece in the New York Times by Randall Stross examining a new trend in low-cost mobile phone plans proves to be an interesting read. He takes a look at Republic Wireless and its appealing hybrid Wi-Fi/cellular service, which utilizes Wi-Fi or Sprint’s 3G network when a hotspot isn’t available. With a start-up cost of $259, which includes a dual-band Motorola DEFYV XT smartphone, Republic offers service for just $19 per month, plus applicable taxes, for unlimited talk, text and data. There’s no contract to sign and no overages. Republic – which is owned by Bandwidth.com, which has worked

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Open letter demands Skype transparency

Skype users are demanding more transparent security and privacy practices, calling for action in an open letter posted online. The letter is supported by institutions, organizations, media outlets and individuals from around the world. Of particular concern are “persistently unclear and confusing statements” about confidentiality of conversations and the access others –including government and third parties – have to them. Ownership of Skype is currently being transitioned to Microsoft, and many of the company’s software and services are being integrated with the popular VoIP software. Because of this, authors of the letter state the time has come for Microsoft to

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