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Berec opposes ETNO net charging proposal

Thursday 15 November 2012 | 10:37 CET | News
EU regulator Berec has come out against the proposal by operator industry group ETNO to implement a mechanism for online content providers to contribute to the cost of carrying their traffic over telecom networks. ETNO's proposal will be discussed at the ITU regulatory conference next month. Based on its own market analysis in terms of net neutrality, Berec said it would inappropriate to include such rules in the ITU treaty, which is only amended every 25 years, as it could limit the development of the internet and access to services. While ETNO has said its proposals are only intended to lay a basis for commercial negotiations and ensure paid peering agreements are not prohibited in any country, Berec sees a risk of the power balance shifting to the operators' favour if such a reference is included in the ITU treaty. This could lead to an abuse of their power in terminating traffic, similar to what occurred with traditional telephony, and create a need for further regulatory intervention. ETNO's "interconnection philosophy", which appears based on old circuit-switched networks, is "fundamentally at odds" with the internet to date, which is based on the principles of connection-less packet switched networks and decentralisation, Berec said.

Categories: Internet
Companies: Berec / ETNO / ITU
Countries: Europe / World
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