In Nepal, 141 people were arrested for illegally using VoIP Gateways. That’s right, people went to jail for using a VoIP Gateway. Let’s make sure that you don’t encounter a similar problem with your local authorities.
The arrested parties bypassed incoming international calls using VoIP Gateways. This is a “least-cost-routing” scenario used to avoid international fees. Unfortunately this is illegal in some countries.
“While voice over IP (VoIP) becomes more feature rich and widespread in the United States and many other western countries, it’s easy to forget that the technology remains illegal or heavily restricted in many parts of the world in an effort to protect (or maintain government monopolies) an existing national telecommunications networks,” said Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMC contributing editor at VoIP-Gateways.com.
Forty percent of the world’s population do not have access to VoIP. This means that forty percent of the global population are unable to use a full unified communication solution. Fortunately they still have the option to replace their Legacy PBX system with an IP-PBX. How? Take a look at how the law works in Nepal.
“As per laws, any person who intentionally causes adverse effect, damage or any other loss to the telecommunication structure of the country is liable to a fine equal to the loss or five years in jail or both,” according to the Himalayan News Service.
In countries with similar laws, it is still legal to install an IP-PBX within a company if the communication goes through the established telecommunication provider. To do this connect the IP-PBX with a VoIP Gateway within your company. The VoIP Gateway will send all communication over your ISDN or Analog telecommunication lines. This gives you the flexibility benefits of using an IP-PBX, while complying with local VoIP laws.
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