US-based telco, USA Global Link, has developed a low cost telephone-to telephone Internet service, capable of transmitting voice, data, fax and video traffic.
The company, which claims its technology undercuts the cost of conventional phone services, plans to roll out its new Internet service in major European and global business centres, including London, over the next three months. Aimed at the mass consumer market, the service will transmit calls via the Internet backbone and a distributed network of private lines and proprietary nodes.
?We?re aimed at consumers as much as at businesses as neither caller or recipient needs a computer,? said Mark Petrick, a spokesman for USA Global Link. ?Our aim is to build a very large customer base so we can make the service available without a prohibitive entry fee.?
The company claims that the new Internet service will provide customers with satellite quality calls to anywhere in the world at a fraction of the price charged by conventional carriers. ?The price of conventional calls is held artificially high by the Accounting Rate System, a dinosaur of the industrial age through which international operators agree how much to pay each other for delivering each other?s calls,? said Petrick. ?Our system is unfettered by restraints. We are the fleet-footed animal hastening the extinction of global telephone monopolies.?
According to Petrick, an Internet call from London to South Africa will cost about $30 cents per minute as opposed to a conventional call price of $1.40.
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