Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Ireland: ComReg sets out framework for Voice Over Internet Services in Ireland

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) today (14.10.2004) set out the framework for the provision of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in Ireland.

What's New - Commission for Communications Regulation

ComReg’s decision will allow for the establishment of a new telephone number range for the purposes of allowing the introduction of VoIP services. ComReg will also allow operators of these services to use existing geographic numbers for VoIP services. (Note: only for residents, but with nomadic use).

One of the key benefits of VoIP is potentially lower call costs. It can also allow a range of services such as enhanced conference and video calling.

The main decisions in this paper are as follows:

1. ComReg intends to open a new number range (access code 076) for the purposes of facilitating the introduction of VoIP services.

2. ComReg also intends to allow operators of these types of services access to geographic numbers subject to some restrictions, which are put in place to protect the existing telephone users. (A geographic number is a number
associated with a certain area – e.g. 021 for Cork).

3. Services such a Freephone and Lo-call will be available through VoIP.

4. ComReg is requiring operators to inform consumers as to the differences between traditional voice services and Voice over internet protocol (VoIP).

This information is necessary to ensure that consumers can make an informed decision as to the type of product they are selecting.

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