The use of VoIP in America is on the rise, with over a quarter of phone users replacing their traditional PSTN line with an internet voice service.

A report by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) found that over 25% of telephone customers now use a VoIP service rather than traditional PSTN lines. They also found that between June 2009 and June 2010 subscriptions to internet telephony services rose by over 20%.

The rise can been attributed to heightened connectivity levels, helped by the popularity of iPhones and Android devices, as well as the current economic climate forcing users to look for ways to reduce communications spending.

However, America is not the only place in which VoIP is growing. The UK is also witnessing a rise in VoIP adoption rates, with Ofcom also reporting that amount of fixed telephone lines users is falling, losing over 1 million subscribers a year.

One of the main attractions for uses to switch to VoIP is not just the flexibility, but the reduction in calls costs and line rental. However, while this is generally seen as a plus, this benefit is not welcome everywhere…

Last week, Burma’s military Junta ordered all public and private internet cafés to block access to VoIP based systems . VoIP has grown in popularity as millions of the Burmese population, such as workers and students, live overseas. The use of foreign VoIP providers has impacted on the revenues of the state-owned communications network.

This has prompted the military-orientated government to ban the use of the popular technology, in an attempt to protect their monopoly and recoup lost revenues on their 500,000 Kyat (around £350) pre-paid SIM offering.

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