CHALLENGES IN CLASSIFYING VOIP SERVICES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

The European Union regulatory framework for electronic communications aims to provide a coherent regulatory scheme for all transmission networks and services within the European Union. The EU regulatory framework defines the communication service categories that can be applied to VoIP (Voice over the Internet Protocol) services such as the Electronic Communications Service and the Publicly Available Telecommunications Service. VoIP services that fall under the scope of the EU regulatory framework are classified as VoIP services with no specific obligations.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What communications services are defined by the regulatory framework related to the VoIP?
Where in the EU regulatory framework do VoIP services fall?
What are the different types of classifications of VoIP which fall outside the scope of the EU regulatory framework?

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