On 29 December 2014, Bharti Airtel in India announced it was dropping plans to charge for the use of VoIP services over its network. Airtel has delayed introducing tariffs following meetings with the Indian regulator, pending TRAI's expected publication of a consultation paper on issues relating to services offered by OTT players.
If net neutrality closes the door on recovering network investment from OTT service delivery, the need to rebalance tariffs away from voice and messaging (Telco 1.0) quickly, so that data revenues balance the cost of provision becomes the immediate top priority for MNOs.
Companies: Bharti Airtel, TRAI, Telefonica, Cisco, GSMA, Chetan Sharma, Arthur D Little,
Countries: India, Global, Developing Markets, Developed Markets
Keywords: VoIP, OTT Apps, Volume Based Data Charging, Voice revenue decline, SMS revenue decline,
|Table of Contents|
|Regulator protection from voice value erosion by OTT apps, including VoIP, unlikely||1|
|Inferences and Implications for Mobile Operators||1|
|1||Supporting Research & Analysis||2|
|1.3.1||The Need for and Cost of Mobile Networks||3|
|1.3.2||What is at Stake?||5|
|1.3.3||Awareness of the Threat||5|