Thursday, May 19, 2011

TeliaSonera to Charge OTT VoIP Usage

The trend of charging by application (or protecting legacy revenues) continues. Following announcements from KPN (here) and Allot (here), Michelle Donegan, reports to Light Reading from TeliaSonrea keynote at LTE World Summit 2011: "on over-the-top voice-over-IP (VoIP) services and pledged that they will not come for free on its 4G network".

See "TeliaSonera: No Free VoIP on Our 4G" - here. See also "TeliaSonera's LTE Comes with Traffic Management" - here and "Review of Current LTE Pricing" - here.

Tommy Ljunggren (picture), VP of system development for mobility services at TeliaSonera, said:
"We will not offer VoIP for free.. TeliaSonera hasn't worked out yet how its customers will pay for these services .. VoIP is "excluded" from TeliaSonera's 4G service for now, just as it is on its 3G networks. The operator either blocks or throttles VoIP over its 3G networks .. It could be by paying more for a better service tier for which TeliaSonera will guarantee quality of service (QoS) levels for VoIP, for example"

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