Moscom to begin offering free VoIP to dial-up subscribers

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  1. Neo

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    Moscom to begin offering free VoIP to dial-up subscriber

    STARTING Monday, local Internet service provider Mosaic Communications (Moscom) will start offering free voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to its high-end dial-up subscribers, a top official told on Friday.

    Anticipating a more favorable government policy pending deregulation of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in the Philippines, Moscom President William Torres has announced the launching of its promotional free VoIP service for subscribers to its higher-end dial-up plans.

    Since it’s free, each subscriber will have a maximum of two hours a month of VoIP calls. This promotional service will however be limited to international long distance calls to North America, specifically the United States and Canada, and Hong Kong soon, the executive said.

    The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a memorandum and draft rules on the deregulation of VoIP on Wednesday. The memorandum indicated that VoIP is a value-added, not a voice, service, paving the way for local ISPs to start offering it in the Philippines.

    Since NTC rules are not yet final, however, Moscom is offering its VoIP service for free, to avoid sanctions from the NTC.

    Under current regulations, non-telcos are still prohibited from offering VoIP commercially.

    Torres said Moscom is also extending its free VoIP services through 40 points-of-presence in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Baguio City.

    "You have to understand that we will be carrying some of the cost for offering this for free. But this is one way for us to keep our subscribers," the executive said.

    Moscom will offer free, downloadable and homegrown VoIP dialer software from its portal. Using this software, Moscom subscribers would be able to make international long distance calls via VoIP to any phone number in the US and Canada, he said.

    "People are already doing VoIP independently. But the quality is not assured, and setting it up is a bit difficult," he added.

    Moscom intends to offer this promotional service for a year or until the company can offer "something better," Torres said.

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