Joint Statement Issued by KDD
Together with 7 Telecommunications Operators in Asia
Asking Fair Cost Sharing of
International Internet Interconnection Link
between the U.S.A. and Asia-Pacific Region
|[Press Release 1999-004]||January 26, 1999|
Joint Statement Issued by KDD Together with 7 Telecommunications Operators in Asia Asking Fair Cost Sharing of International Internet Interconnection Link between the U.S.A. and Asia-Pacific Region
KDD, taking up the controversial issue of cost sharing of international Internet backbone between the United States and Asia-Pacific countries, and of the connection with the U. S. Internet network, signed , together with seven telecommunications operators in Asia (note), today, a joint statement asking U. S. telecommunications operators to equitably share these costs based on certain factors such as the volume of usage, and addressed it to the organizations concerned including U.S. telecommunications operators and regulatory bodies. The outline of the joint statement and the addressee organizations are given in attachments 1 and 2 respectively.
With the conventional services (i.e. IDD and international leased circuit), the cost of the network linking two countries are equitably shared by telecommunications operators in both countries. On the other hand, with the Internet, the telecommunications operators on the Asian side are at present bearing the entire costs of the connection with the U. S. Internet network as well as of the circuits to the United State.
With the expansion of circuit facilities to cope with the increased Internet traffic between Asian countries and the United States, the cost borne by KDD and other telecommunications operators in Asia for the U.S. operators have steadily been increasing. Recently, more and more Internet users in the United States connect with the networks in Asian countries. Unless the current practice is rectified, it is feared that this state of affairs may prevent sound development of use of the Internet in Asia.
KDD has so far tackled to resolve such an undesirable circumstance through various actions including the proposal to ITU (International Telecommunication Union) to formulate the rules for the cost sharing between member countries. KDD is determined to make, taking every opportunity, strenuous efforts so that a fair cost sharing between the countries concerned may be implemented for the benefit of the Internet users still continuing on the increase.
(Note) CAT (Thailand), Chunghua Telecom (Taiwan), INDOSAT (Indonesia), PLDT (Philippines), Korea Telecom, Singapore Telecom, and Telekom Malaysia.
- To request the U. S. telecommunications operators and Internet service providers (ISPs), to share the cost of international Internet backbone between the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region according to their usage or benefits;
- To propose the U. S. operators and ISPs to discuss and build up with telecommunications operators in Asia an appropriate cost sharing scheme of Internet interconnection link between the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region;
- To invite the Asia Pacific and other regionﾕs operators and / or ISPs including operators in Japan to joint in this resolution;
- To urge every operator and / or ISP via various activities including ITU to study appropriate mechanisms to measure the actual traffic as the basis of usage-based or cost-oriented charging and settlement arrangements.
1. U.S. Internet Providers
2. Regulatory Bodies and International Organizations
APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation)
3. Organizations Involved in Internet
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