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Wireless Utopia

The journey towards a free wireless world.

Internet Toll Road

Sunday, February 26, 2006

An cryptic article in Wired about charging users for the kind of services they run on the internet. It does not give any specific details about the technology being used, but isnt IP QoS supposed to do the same thing? The word never appears on the article and the only existing technology option is either diffserv or intserv.

So does this mean that the US telcos. are planning to deploy QoS on thier routers? The deployment of such routers are very limited on the public networks. Although its just a software upgrade, the cost of going to the field and updating it is still very high. With low demand for it, the risks outweigh the gains. But with the internet being used for more and more real time applications (eg. VoIP) the demand is increasing.

It also does open up the possibility of a billing mechanism based on the type of traffic. With the telcos making noises about major internet companies getting a free lunch on thier infrastructures and missing out on the big bucks, it seems that they are thinking about charging both the service providers as well as the users. Maybe all those statements were just for testing the waters. Is this the end of free voice services then?

But the deployment of QoS is still a step in the right direction. Its frustrating that although we have the technology, it cant be used since the routers dont support them.

Tags: QoS Routers Network Netutrality VoIP.

PS: wired being plagarised by Sify.
posted by Rajiv, 10:45 PM

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