Over the last few years Telkom has been using its IPConnect (IPC) service to serve Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who want to have control over their own ADSL wholesale bandwidth and services. This service has however been criticized by some industry players as being too restrictive when compared to something like bitstream access.
Good news for ISPs is that Telkom is set to start trials on its new IP Stream service, offering service providers the freedom to terminate and manage their own PPPOE ADSL sessions. While this is not full bitstream access yet, it can be seen as a first step towards it and a precursor to full Local Loop Unbundling.
The new ADSL IP Stream wholesale product – which is similar to IPC but provides a layer 2 tunnel – has various benefits to ADSL service providers, including allowing ISPs to easily assign static IP addresses to their subscribers, controlling session timeouts and more freedom with service creation and design.
Telkom’s IP Stream pricing is likely to be in line with current IPC pricing models.
Telkom ADSL IP Stream service – comments and views