Monday, September 19, 2005

Filtering Free: Skype Blocker to Aid Business Models

The Inquirer reports on Skype Filtering Technology, what's the name used by company Vesco for a carrier grade application that "blocks bandwidth drains such as Skype™, P2P messaging, streaming media and instant messaging," says Vesco's press release. That's pretty nice in itself, but the interesting part is in the why?. In an interview with the Inquirer Vesco CEO Monty Bannerman is blatantly honest about the motivation behind the Skype Filter:
As a "free" service, Skype is raiding the business model of service providers that want to roll out VoIP services for their customers. "They're all telling me they hate Skype and they're telling me that they want to do something about Skype," said Bannerman in a telephone interview. "If you have something in your network that is costing you money and raiding your business model, I assure you you're going to do something about it."
Also interesting is that Bannerman argues that a lack of state regulation leaves Skype out in the open to filter. A distinction with the (minimally) regulated Vonage service is made:
Bannerman drew a distinction between the more heavily US-regulated Vonage and Skype, saying that they were "different," with Vonage required to provide E-911 service and abide by other FCC regulations, while Skype had no such state-side regulation.
One can admirer one thing about the guy: he really, really wants to sell. Not in the US due to possible future regulation prohibiting applkication bloackage, then anywere else in the world:
"The World Wide Web isn't just about America, plunk yourself anywhere else," he said. "This is a product for the world market."
It may be getting hard to Skype China if Bannerman's sales pitch works: there they may just want to filter another kind of free. That's not the gratis kind.

6 Comments:

Blogger geeklawyer said...

What an impoverished experience of the Internet customers of these ISPs will have: no p2p no instant messages and no Skype. They think, presumably,that some light web browsing and email should be enough for anyone: unless you want to pay premium rates.
Fools.

http://Geeklawyer.org/blog

21/9/05 12:15  
Blogger bite said...

I would like to point that currently, the policy of most wanna-be skype blocker is to filter only skypeout calls, not filter skype to skype, nor skype chat.
By blocking skype out, regulators make companies pay for a service that they use to cut their cost. But who pays at the end for infrastructures?
National Telcos have spent on these costly infrastructures, because they thought they were going to get a return on their investment.
These regulations are not targetting the "poor" user. You can see this as a try to implement a tax on calls made mostly by corporations.

Furthermore, if look at skype as disruptive technology which radically changed the telecommunication landscape, you can also think as skype and P2P filtering technologies as disruptive as well. To actually filter and block such stealthy protocol, people had to be very imaginative. Skype and P2P filtering solutions today involve machine learning, neural network, artificial intelligence, asynchronous filtering.

These monitoring and controling technologies are definitely here to stay, and will become even more prevalent, as everyone will use IP-based services.

23/12/06 21:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bite,
what you say is very true,

10/1/07 21:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bite,
what you say is very true, but you should note that privately owned companies are not the one who actually pay for the bandwidth. The state is paying for the country infrastructure and the costly underseas cables. So blocking skype on the telco side is very mean...

You should also mention who is the company doing this skype and P2P blocking with machine learning and neural network. The name is Lynanda and they give the software as opensource... it's a real disgrace, check that: http://www.lynanda.com/products/software-for-corporations/traffic-filtering
I really cannot believe it that such smart people can spend their time at blocking other... **holes..

10/1/07 21:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kept hearing people talk about Voip and IP Telephony. Didn't know what it was but i found the Lloyds Business website and it shed some light. Not as exciting as i though it was gonna be

18/2/08 15:39  
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18/4/08 15:53  

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