The advent of improvements to the UK's broadband network will foster greater use of VoIP, it has been predicted.
According to the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), more and more UK surfers will choose faster broadband connections next year in order to get the most out of internet TV services.
This, in turn, will benefit the IP telephony sector as well as online gaming, the ISPA said.
A spokesperson for the ISPA told telappliant.com: "Broadband has made these web technologies such as streaming media, such as telephone over the internet [possible].
"There are developments going on all the time to improve connectivity and that has a consequence of driving technological innovation on the content and applications side."
News of the ISPA's projections comes as Ofcom recently ruled that VoIP providers must allow users to make calls to emergency services numbers 999 and 112 as of September 2008.
The watchdog's move is intended to cut out the chance of delays to emergency calls for VoIP users.