New SIGCOMM Study on content-based differentiation is out

During ACM SIGCOMM 2019 in Beijing on 19-24 August 2019, an interesting analysis on net neutrality, with focus on US-based ISPs was presented. ACM SIGCOMM is the flagship annual conference of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM) on the applications, technologies, architectures and protocols for computer communication. The document sums up an extensive one-year study of content based traffic differentiation policies deployed in operational networks, using result from 1,045,413 crowdsourced measurements conducted by 126,249 users across 2,735 ISPs in 183 countries/regions.

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German operators can pay the 5G licence later in exchange for extra LTE coverage

German federal government drives the expansion of mobile networks by offering postponing of 5G licence fee payment in exchange for development of LTE networks in rural areas. The government signed agreements with the four MNOs Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica and 1&1 Drillisch on coverage of 99% of households by the end of 2020 in exchange for extending the payment obligation for 5G licences awarded in June this year until 2030, reported DPA.

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French regulator ARCEP presents experimental 5G projects

More than a dozen projects have responded to the call of the French government and the regulatory authority ARCEP from January to create experimental 5G platforms. The platforms in the 26 GHz frequency band (so-called “millimetre” frequency band) shall be open to third parties and promote and identify new uses of 5G. The selected projects relate to areas such as logistics, smart city, mobility and coverage of sporting events.

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Austria consults on another 5G auction with a bonus element

Austrian regulator RTR has published draft auction conditions for the second 5G auction planned for the spring 2020. The auction design is innovative in incorporating bonuses as investment incentives. The pool of frequencies for sale includes: 6 blocks in the 700 MHz band, 12 blocks in the 2100 MHz band and 8 blocks in the 1500 MHz band.

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Polish regulator UKE imposes a fine for violation of open internet regulation

Polish regulator UKE imposed a fine of PLN 15,000 on an ISP Skynet for violation of the open internet regulation. The provider failed to meet the requirement to specify the minimum, usually available and maximum download/upload speeds in the customer contracts.

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BEREC Net Neutrality Measurement Tool – Implementation Workshops

The new BEREC Net Neutrality Measurement Tool will be available later in 2019. Many European regulators are waiting for this, as they are planning to implement the crowd-sourcing tool at their agency. Alternatively, they might have an existing system and are not sure what the best approach in regard to the new tool would be.

Now it is the perfect time for regulators to start planning the implementation in their own country. Specure is the optimal implementation partner, with rich experience from previous projects and innovative solutions. That is why from September, Specure offers a series of introductory, on-premise workshops for its customers and partners.

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All Slovenian MNOs exceed network coverage obligations imposed after the spectrum auction

Slovenian regulator AKOS has found that all three mobile network operators (MNOs) in the country exceed the coverage obligations which were imposed by the regulator’s decisions following an auction for allocation of radio frequencies. AKOS annually monitors the compliance of operators with those obligations. AKOS has also published a detailed compliance report for the coverage in the 900 MHz band and over 1 GHz.

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Irish regulator ComReg lacks net neutrality enforcement powers

Irish regulator ComReg is not satisfied with the situation in the market as regards open internet access, but it lacks enforcement powers to intervene, follows from its report on net neutrality for the period from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019. Ireland is the only EU member country, whose national regulatory authority (NRA) lacks power to start formal investigations and to issue enforcement orders, as also the European Commission confirmed in its Study on the implementation of the open internet provisions of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation published on 30 April 2019.

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