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Mobile & Wireless

KCC allows operators to charge for mobile VoIP

Wednesday 27 June 2012 | 04:54 CET | News
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) will allow mobile operators to charge users for mobile VoIP services, such as recently luanched by Kakao Talk. However, the regulator has received heavy criticism from consumers for its stance on network neutrality and siding with the operators, the Korea Times reports. A KCC official said the move aims to protect the industry from large international companies such as Microsoft or Google. "Those companies that argue for network neutrality are constantly citing the freedom of consumer choices, which is only a limited view on the issue," he said. "In the case of restricting mVoIP, it is the Untied States that is mostly calling for opening network use, while Europe, like us, mostly limits access to mVoIP or charges for using services like Skype. The reason is simple: most firms just can't withstand industry giants that are usually based in the United States," the unnamed official told the paper.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Kakao Talk / Korea Communications Commission
Countries: Korea, Republic of
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