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The Internet and IP-based networks are increasingly being used as alternatives to the public switched telephone network.  Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs) can provide voice and fax services which are close to becoming functionally equivalent to those provided by public telecommunication operators (PTOs).  However, few ITSPs are licensed by national authorities and they generally do not have any universal service obligations.  Many countries ban IP telephony completely, yet IP calls can be made to almost any telephone in the world.  Many PTOs are establishing their own IP telephony services, and/or using IP-based networks as alternative transmission platforms.

In the longer term, as more and more voice traffic becomes IP data traffic, there will be little to distinguish between IP telephony and circuit-switched telephony.  However, many telecommunications regulatory schemes depend upon such a distinction, both physically and as a matter of policy and law.  As these trends continue, the telecommunications framework will come under increasing pressure to adapt.


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Read the Council Decision 498 [PDF] on the third World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) on IP Telephony held from 7-9 March 2001 in Geneva [English] [French] [Spanish]

ITU IP Telephony Workshop, 14-16 June 2000, Geneva 

Read the Background Paper [Word] [PDF] and List of Issues [Word] [PDF] prepared for the Workshop

Read the Chairperson's Report of the IP Telephony Workshop [Word] [PDF] [HTML]

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 Background Materials

ITU Internet Reports, 2001: IP Telephony

What is IP Telephony?

IP Telephony Players and Markets

Regulatory Issues Relating to IP Telephony

IP Telephony and Public Telecommunications Operators (PTOs)

Regulatory Treatment of IP Telephony

Media Reports

Miscellaneous Materials

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La VoIP au TOGO: désormais une réalité, Jean Marie NOAGBODJI, Président Directeur Général, C.A.F.E. INFORMATIQUE ET TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TOGO



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