Internet-based LL Services

Fellow blogger and friend Babar Bhatti has complained about the problems he is facing in using Braintel’s local loop services (probably from out there in US). A reader has commented on this citing a PTA ban on such operations by the local loop operators in Pakistan.

The main issue here is the ability of the LL operator to replace the traditional copper for its end user or the expensive 1900 Mhz WLL frequencies for its end user with the ‘Internet cloud’. It is technically possible but the use of Internet for voice problem had its own fair share of cloudiness. At the center of this debate is the use of the word ‘long distance’ – whether it is to be taken physically or network-wise.

When last LDI/LL licenses were issued, the LL license itself was a cheap affair – though the spectrum (both for 1900 Mhz and 3.5 Ghz) was auctioned at high prices. At that time, a number of Internet savvy people – Brain included – took the LL license only banking on new VoIP technologies to come to their rescue later.

A few VoIP technology companies (a cross between operators and technology vendors if you will) had been constantly chasing the smaller LL operators (as described above) evangelizing the use of VoIP in local loop operations where the ‘affinity to local numbers’ is the actual ‘good sold’ and the profit comes in from volumes of such ‘numbers’ beings sold worldwide at fixed monthly rates (but not actually always being used).

These VoIP technology companies met some success during the past couple of years with a number of LL operators signing up them either as partners or just technology vendors. At that time, cellular industry was priming and people, operators and the regulator somehow had little time to attend to this possibly controversial issue.

Now that the market is nearing a tele-density of over 50% and market consolidation has started, these by-issues will get more attention (and probably get more debated).

PTA’s clarification on use of VoIP (available from PTA’s website and discussed on some related online forums) is of little help as it leaves room for guessing by the readers.

My personal position here is that given the non-deterministic nature of public Internet (specially when the bandwidth is not directly coming from a T1 operator) as a transport mechanism for real time traffic, such ‘Internet-glued’ LL services should be allowed – they will always be placed at number 2 in terms of voice quality and deterministic performance. Such services could be declared a new class of service with clear requirement of informing end consumers about emergency services not working on them as well as possible degraded voice performance due to third party packet networks that happen to lie between the end networks. Given a considerable population of expatriate Pakistanis around the world, these services stand a fairly good chance of catching on in popularity and can earn some part of the much needed forex for country by the local companies offering such services worldwide.

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11 Responses to “Internet-based LL Services”

  1. Atish Says:

    1. Please call brain tell at 210 0786 and also log in a claim in their web site and also demand a credit for the line rent they will be charging you, for the period of outage.

    2. Please call the snakes sitting in PTA who do not allow ip telephony in pakistan. one of them is Mr Sajjad Latif Awan from Quaid-e-azam Univesity, and give them/him some BS. they do not understand how much benefit the cheap communication brings and opens new oppurtunities for Pakistan

    regards
    Brain tel user

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  4. Babar Bhatti Says:

    Tee Emm, thanks for the excellent piece . With your permission, I will share your point of view on my blog as well.

    Babar

  5. JimAtJaxtr Says:

    I think big telecoms not innovating on voip and making those opportunities available to consumers has ended up pushing innovation out into different quarters. Working at jaxtr, our phone service links people’s phones to the Web. So you get the voip benefit in cost savings. Obviously, we’re one of a number of different providers, but I think this just points to voip service being the way of the future one way or another (tech start up instead of established teleco). It’s more a matter of time, in my opinion, as to countries around the world adopting voip.

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