Should Google pay to Airtel for data interconnection charges?

Anurag Bhatia
Yesterday I had a discussion with a friend from Airtel after long time. For some strange reason discussion topic was changed to old statements from Bharti Airtel’s executives that companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo etc should pay to ISPs like Airtel for “data interconnection”. The argument goes more for Google then any other company. Statements from Airtel can be found here and here. The argument? Companies like Airtel who have built a “physical infrastructure” feel that companies like Google should pay to them since they are putting so much of traffic on their networks.