TeliaSonera Chokes Free VoIP Services
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- Telia Company said it will charge an extra fee for using free over-the-top VoIP services on its network and throttle bandwidth for users who try to use these services without paying.
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