VoIP startup angry at telcos blocking VoIP traffic

By Justin Mann on June 20, 2006, 11:18 AM
A particularly nasty thing that some telcos/ISPs have been doing around the world is blocking VoIP traffic. While this can be left up to their discretion assuming it's within their rights, many companies block VoIP traffic for the sole reason of being able to sell VoIP themselves or because they are in partnerships with other companies offering it. In essence, they are denying service. This, of course, makes other companies mad. In the UK, mobile VoIP company Mobiboo is angry, stating that T-Mobile and 3 have blocked calls to anyone using their service, due to the high fees imposed by BT, one of the UKs biggest Telcos.

In a statement on the firm's website, the mobile VoIP outfit says: "Mobile operators 3 and T-Mobile have barred their customers from calling Mobiboo 07911 phone numbers. The companies say this is because of the high charges that BT is making to them to reach Mobiboo, although we believe that this is part of the ongoing anti-VoIP campaign."
While anti-VoIP may not be the right term, it's well known that telcos are doing this. Should they be allowed to do this? Do they have to allow any traffic over their networks? Likely, with most issues surrounding this, it'll end up in the courts.

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canadian said:
Why are corperations so damm mean?
tonylw said:
London UK28th June 2006 (Immediate Release) “VoIP services are freely available for mobile users,” says UK-based Avantimobile. Despite the recent alleged actions by UK-based mobile network operators to block VoIP services being used on their networks to deliver “Skype” type services to mobile users, Avantimobile the UK-based provider of low-cost mobile VoIP calls, continues to expand its services in the UK and internationally. However, the service provided by Avantimobile, is based upon proven least-cost routing technology, previously developed for fixed-line services and not the web-based “free” calls seen elsewhere. The calls are directed via the VoIP technology at the Avantimobile switch network.Avantimobile, initially launched in the UK at the end of 2005, provides easy access to low-cost calls for most types of mobile phones on all of the major UK mobile networks. Customers register for Avantimobile via the company’s website, download a small application to their mobile phone and can then save up to 85% on many of the more expensive calls, currently charged for by the existing mobile networks. Registered customers of Avantimobile, can then use their existing mobile phones, don’t have to change network contracts or mobile number and there are no monthly fees payable to Avantimobile. Avantimobile Managing Director, Tony Lloyd-Weston, ”Since our UK launch in late 2005, due to our focused UK sales and marketing activity, we have had a number of City-based International Banks, for example, using our services and also serious international enquiries from prospective distribution partners in Asia, South America and Europe. There is now a greater global demand for the reduction of mobile call costs and Avantimobile provides an immediate solution for many mobile phone users. Pressure is being brought on the network operators by various bodies and representatives, including EU commissioner, Viviane Reding, to reduce mobile costs.”Earlier this year Avantimobile acquired VoIP switch services provider, Clarendon Communications, forming a strategic development in the convergence of mobile and VoIP services. Avantimobile has also recently announced its intention to seek investment of five million pounds to speed up its expansion plans in the UK and globally.
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