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Xtra accused of muffling internet voice

Published: 7:50AM Wednesday November 08, 2006 Source: Newstalk ZB

Telecom is being accused of again trying to stifle competition with the introduction of "traffic management" on its Xtra broadband Go Large plan.

A University of Otago computer scientist says this time the offensive is against internet-based competitors in the calling market.

Simon McCallum says Telecom is limiting bandwidth available to voice over internet provider programmes such as Skype, preventing users from taking advantage of free international calling.

McCallum says Telecom is crossing the line by discriminating against certain type of internet usage.