Printed from http://www.electronista.com

EU contemplates removing cellular VoIP blocks

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Fri April 10, 2009

EU to undo VoIP blocks?

The European Commission is considering a measure to force acceptance of VoIP by cellphone carriers, reports say. The EU's telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has called for the EU to undo arbitrary obstacles to "innovative services" on cellphones; a draft of the VoIP measure is thought to already be completed, but still unfinished due to a lack of precise wording. Current rules permit each country to decide what is blocked on the Internet.

The proposed plan may be directed explicitly towards Germany's Deutsche Telekom, whose T-Mobile subsidiary has refused to allow any form of VoIP software on its network; this includes the Skype app for the iPhone, despite the software's legal availability through the German iTunes Store. Deutsche Telekom has cited a risk of excessive bandwidth consumption, but it is generally believed that the anti-VoIP measures are aimed at protecting older revenue models. The company could face antitrust charges as a result, writes German newspaper Handelsblatt.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +3

    I like her

    I like this Viviane Reding woman. She seems to be fighting on the right side. Already she managed to trash the European carriers tactics of charging crazy money for roaming calls, SMS and data. May she live long and prosper. :-)

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Thecus N2310 NAS

For every computer user, there comes a point of critical mass in data storage. When it hits, external hard drives, USB sticks and DVD ...

iRig Pads

When it comes to mobile music products, IK Multimedia has positioned itself as one of the top suppliers. Right from the early days of ...

DoxieGo Portable Scanner

Sometimes, people need to scan things, but having a computer at hand to do so isn't exactly feasible. Maybe it's the home of a relativ ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News