‘Monopolies blocking VoIP’ says telecoms group

3 Mar 2005

According to International Telecoms Users Group director Ewan Sutherland, monopolistic telcos across Africa are delaying the rollout of low cost VoIP technology because they are afraid of losing revenue to new competitors. Speaking at a conference in South Africa dedicated to VoIP, Mr Sutherland accused Africa’s incumbent operators of following a deliberate strategy of prohibition towards VoIP for the sole purpose of retaining foreign currency revenues. It is estimated that widespread adoption of VoIP telephony could cut overall call costs in Africa by 30% to 40%.