Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Israel: ISP (Partner) Vs. Carrier (Hot) on QoS

The Israeli business site, Globes, reports today that Partner (branded as "Orange" - with no affiliation to the global Orange group) claims that Hot (cable netwrok operator) prevent it from delivering quality service to their subscribers.

See the article (Hebrew) - here.

According to the article, Hot's new "UFI" (Ultra Fast Internet) network does not allow Partner to allocate an IP address per subscriber, so it may set an individual QoS policy.

Israeli regulation separates between the fixed network service (DSL or cable) and ISP services - therefore subscribers need to have relations with 2 providers. Wireless operators offer both the network connection and the ISP service.

Behind all this is the fact that Partner provides VoIP and VOD services, therefore competing with Hot's basic cable triple play service.

This is a little more sophisticated than the classical Net Neutrality debate..

See "Net Neutrality in Israel: Targeting Voice over Mobile" - here

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