Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone say tariffs comply with EU net neutrality rules

Wednesday 16 September 2020 | 10:40 CET | News

Vodafone has designed its tariffs in accordance with the EU net neutrality guidelines, a spokesperson for the company told Teltarif.de. This reduces the risk of it infringing European net neutrality rules. The statement follows a ruling from the EU Court of Justice that zero-rated data offers which allow continued use of specific applications or services after a data bundle is depleted infringe the EU's net neutrality regulations.

The spokesperson added that when customers who have subscribed to a Vodafone Pass tariff use up their whole data allowance, the surfing speed for the bolt-on pass option selected, including for music, video, chat, social networking and gaming, consequently falls. For this reason, the Vodafone Pass tariffs are not affected by the ECJ ruling. 

Deutsche Telekom also said that the ECJ's ruling does not affect its StreamOn offer. Telkom complies with EU law, a spokesperson for the company said. In the event of a reduction in bandwidth once the data allowance runs out, all the services are affected. This also applies to the StreamOn partner services, said a spokesperson. The Administrative Court of Cologne, however, referred the question of whether Telekom's StreamOn service violates the Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 on open internet access and its requirements for network neutrality to the European Court of Justice.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Deutsche Telekom / Vodafone
Countries: Germany
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