Fact: All telecom companies are witnessing a drastic reduction in their sms revenues because of the ever so popular messaging apps like Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook Messenger etc. At the club, cinema, or taxi you won't be hard-pressed to find smartphone screens glowing in users faces, as they type away. What is more terrifying for me, is the looming threat to telecoms traditional business models and infrastructure of voice calls.
Cheaper calls nowadaysToday, any tech savvy user shall every once in a while place a call, not traditionally, but through applications like Viber or
How are the telecoms fighting back? One way is to offer a value proposition to increase sms use. The other way which is more plausible is simply increase data charges to make up for the lost revenue. Recently Orange shuffled their Internet bundles in such a way that I am forced to buy more data to last me a month.
While this is fine, an even bigger and radical route, being toyed around by many service providers globally, and which is a sticky point for many stakeholders, is taking away the neutrality of the Internet you get. Currently, there are no restrictions on what parts of the Internet that people can access, except for what the government decides or your IT department decides. For example, there are no restrictions or preferences over emailing, file sharing, instant messaging, VoIP, Video Chat etc. Everyone is free to use the Internet as they wish and for whatever reason.
In many companies, access to specific sites such as
Introducing Internet neutralityBasically they can decide what parts of the Internet people can access and what parts are blocked. With Internet neutrality, service providers can decide what types of services have preferential transfer rates. For instance, if MTN or Orange through internal and/or external information knows that at a specific time of the day, there is a lot of traffic to
Unless there is specific legislation monitored by
A more dexterous way on the telecoms part is having Internet tiers where the top tier gets the fastest data transfers, so unless you are part of that group, having those
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