TeliaSonera to charge for VoIP


Swedish telecommunications firm TeliaSonera AB (OMX: TLSN) plans to introduce charges for calls on services like Skype and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Talk. The company reportedly has already begun a trial with one of its Spanish subsidiaries.

"We plan to provide more exact details about these plans towards the end of the summer, sometime in August," said Anna Augustson, a spokesperson at TeliaSonera, according to a GigaOm report.

She added, current TeliaSonera subscribers, who today are able to use VoIP services without having to pay extra, won't be subject to any additional charges until their current contracts with TeliaSonera expire.

The plans to introduce special charges for VoIP services come as internet calls are threatening to replace traditional voice calls that still account for a lion's share of operators' revenue.

The company is also set to launch an own VoIP service.

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