Anarchy in the VoIP

31 May 2005

Italy’s telecoms authority AGCOM has redefined its guidelines for Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) operators in an attempt to prevent the market descending into ‘anarchy’. According to AGCOM, calls made via IP are ‘equal’ to those made over standard fixed line infrastructure, with VoIP operators facing the same obligations expected of traditional providers. The legislation guarantees number portability, number identification and the accessing of IP lines for judicial monitoring purposes. The authority says that there are currently around 50,000 VoIP subscribers in Italy.