Friday, February 11, 2011

Telcos finding reasons again

Just read an article on telcos trying to get service providers to contribute to the maintenance of the data networks again, giving reasons that they are using the bulk of the network. Personally, I think they are trying to shirk their responsibilities.

How do normal consumers like us subscribe to a data connection? We apply to a telco for a line. The line usually gives us the downstream speed but limited upstream speed.

Have you ever thought of how you can access Google website for example? That's because Google has also subscribed to a data connection, and the data connection upstream and downstream speeds are exactly the same as they are sending information to us. This line usually costs many times what normal consumers are paying. Google, the service provider, will most probably estimate the number of users coming in for each server and subscribe to the appropriate speed.

Therefore, it is definitely NOT true that the service provider is not paying the telcos for the content. They are paying it through the more expensive data connection that they are subscribing to.

If the telcos are having network congestion problems, this actually shows that they are trying to push for more user subscriptions with little regard to their existing network capacity.

So whose fault is that?

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