TeliaSonera Chokes Free VoIP Services
In an interview with Light Reading TV, Tommy Ljunggren, TeliaSonera's VP of system development, explained the operator's new strategy and pricing policy for OTT VoIP services. TeliaSonera's message is clear: If you want to use those services on our network, you have to pay; if you don't, those services won't work. [Ed note: We'll embed the video of the interview soon.]
This isn't a new idea from the European operator, but now it's starting to put this strategy into action. It is understood that TeliaSonera's majority-owned service provider in Spain, Yoigo , has started to levy such a charge. (See TeliaSonera: No Free VoIP on Our 4G and LTE Voice Lag Leaves Operators Vulnerable .)
TeliaSonera's plans for charging extra for using third-party VoIP services first cropped in May last year. The pricing applies to the carrier's 4G LTE as well as 3G networks.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile