Nice try, mobile operators
Friday, December 10, 2010 1:49:23 PM
What I don't like is the way some operators seem to be using misleading arguments, trying to force other companies to pay their bills for them.
Bloomberg reports that European operators want service companies like Google, Apple and Facebook to to pay fees for the increasing amounts of data moving across operator networks (and operators in the US have expressed similar things).
Their argument seems to boil down to "they are transferring data across our networks without paying us for it", an argument which fails for at least three reasons:
- Companies like Google, Apple and Facebook are already paying their own service providers to connect to the internet
- The mobile operator's customer already pays the operator to get access to those services
- It is the mobile operator's customer who decides on which services and sites to use
By claiming that service providers like Google, Apple and Facebook are transferring data across operator networks for free, the operators are making a directly misleading argument.
Google, Yahoo!, Apple, Facebook and others are not using your networks for free! They are paying their own bills to their own providers, and your own customers are paying you for the connection you provide them with.
Mobile operators need to realize that trying to fool people into paying them twice for something they should only have to pay them once for is not a good approach. A good approach is to address the issue properly.
For example, you can help move more people to the web rather than proprietary apps, and use web compression technologies to an even greater extent than today.