[Users] Re: [Serusers] voip charging by ISP's

sip sip at arcdiv.com
Wed Nov 2 13:47:33 CET 2005

I think that would get a LOT of pushback and may end up really screwing SBC.
If they begin to self-regulate the TYPE of traffic going over their
connection, they open themselves to a tremendous number of legal hurdles not
the least of which being the fact that they're trying to live as an
unregulated service provider. 

That being said, they COULD keep track of Vonage traffic in that they can keep
track of any traffic going straight to Vonage's servers, but as Vonage doesn't
care a) whether or not the traffic passes through SBC's network in order to
reach them and b) likely hasn't signed any sort of agreement which would ALLOW
them to start charging, then SBC simply can't charge Vonage without a contract
no matter what they'd LIKE to do. 

Now, they could say that unless Vonage starts paying them fees for additional
usage, that they're going to cut off access to Vonage's equipment, but they
have to be VERY careful going down that road. If they don't have an equally
viable and effective product set up for people, they're shooting themselves in
the foot. There's also the negative stigma that advertising could very easily
put on the move "SBC is trying to keep you from making cheap phone calls." 
"If SBC does this, you will still be required to live out your contractual
obligations to Vonage (and yes I know they say there are none, but you didn't
read the fine print :) )! Switch to XXX Internet provider so this doesn't
happen!" Etc, etc. 

If SBC has a lot of Vonage users, they might find themselves having a drastic
reduction in userbase on such a move. If they DON'T have a lot of Vonage
users, Vonage isn't liable to care too much, but the media war that would
ensue with the information that SBC doesn't let people get inexpensive phone
service might still put a huge damper on SBCs growth. 

I'm not sure they've throught that one through very carefully. 

On Wed, 02 Nov 2005 12:13:01 +0000, Iqbal wrote
> The basis behind the query was because the CEO of SBC said a few 
> days ago that they "may" start charging companies like Vonage
> Iqbal
> Roger Lewau wrote:
> >Hello
> >
> >Interesting thought, but I dont see why there would be a need or even a wish 
> >to charge once for the Internet access with an agreed Speed or data transfer 
> >limit, and then again for the type of traffic unless that specific traffic 
> >is treated differently in the ISP network, as wth higher CoS. Why else would 
> >they care what kind of traffic you are running on your connection as long it 
> >is kept within the agreed speed/data transfer limit? But giving voip traffic 
> >different CoS over the providers network as a differentiator to enable voice 
> >traffic billing does not seem logical unless all providers on Internet do 
> >the same, and map the CoS between the providers at peering points.
> >
> >I do not see how the VoIP providers would ever accept such an approach from 
> >any ISP. 
> >
> >IP traffic is IP Traffic! You pay for the amount of traffic you send and 
> >receive. More traffic equals higher revenue for the ISP, no need to charge 
> >traffic differently just because the traffic happens to be VoIP and the ISP 
> >has its roots in Telecom industry. I believe that the natural development of 
> >this would be that most of the ISPs also start to offer the VoIP services. 
> >It make a lot more sense to use the ISP as the VoIP provider than any remote 
> >provider, since that will increase performance, reliability and make the 
> >whole 911 issue and technical troubleshooting a lot easier. I strongly 
> >believe that the ISPs at all levels will most likely replace the old PTTs 
> >over the next 5-10 years. And in the case of PTTs also being an ISP, lucky 
> >them.
> >
> >I think, Companies like Vonage probably will be outrun by ISPs providing 
> >VoIP in the long run, but they will stay behind as alternate providers or as 
> >gateways to the old pstn networks. 
> >
> >Regards
> >Roger
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Iqbal <iqbal at gigo.co.uk>
> >To: "serusers at iptel.org" <serusers at iptel.org>
> >Cc: "users openser.org" <users at openser.org>
> >Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 17:54:35 +0000
> >Subject: [Serusers] voip charging by ISP's
> >
> >  
> >
> >>Hi
> >>
> >>i was looking into a model where ISP may charge (SBC is already thiking
> >>of charging Vonage :-)), now if an ISP wanted to charge, all they would
> >>need is to extract the INVITE, BYE and all the stuff in the middle, to 
> >>do some billing per VoIP provider sending traffic on there network, is 
> >>anyone aware of any sniffers which could do this not from a proxy, but 
> >>from the network level at a ISP end.
> >>
> >>Iqbal
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