I thought it would be great to get some views and discussion going on about VoIP over mobile networks. This is something that for various reasons sits in the "not supported" "prohibited" basket. E.G.
- cuts into mobile calling revenue
- quality of service can't be guaranteed
- technical limitations
- issues with cell site handover
But is it time that mobile networks start supporting VoIP on their networks, even if it's just "best efforts".
The main reason of course is the current Rural Broadband Initiative. Both Telecom and Vodafone are key runners in this, and intend to use cellular as their backbone to provide this.
Although the mobile networks don't seem to specifically prohibit the use of VoIP, there is no guarantee of this remaining so in the future. Also with it currenly "unsupported", what if there are issues using VoIP on their networks; as there is currently using WorldxChange VFX over Telecom XT? How can such issues get addressed?
Any rural broadband initiative should be on an equivalence basis to that provided to the urban people. This I feel should include support of VoIP.