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Net Neutrality

Eurobites: Providers Square Up to Net Neutrality

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dutch regulator issues net neutrality fines; TE Connectivity close to sale of network gear unit; Bell Labs' HetNet boasts.

  • A group of four telecom industry bodies have joined forces to issue a rebuttal of the European Commission's proposals for more-or-less full-on net neutrality. The European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) , GSM Association (GSMA) , Cable Europe and Make The Network said in their statement: "Overly prescriptive or intrusive rules would risk degrading today's Internet experience and limiting its development potential … In this context, it is not technologically efficient or beneficial for consumers if all traffic is treated equally. Nor has this ever been the case." Game on! (See Eurobites: Net Neutrality Battle Looms and EC Proposes the Connected Continent.)

  • And, à propos the above, KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) and Vodafone Netherlands have been fined €250,000 (US$283,000) and €200,000 ($226,000) respectively by the Dutch regulator ACM for what have been deemed net neutrality violations. According to ACM, KPN blocked various services to customers using its free WiFi hotspots, while Vodafone offered plans under the terms of which customers were able to watch pay-tv channel HBO using an app without being charged for the data used for watching the channel.

  • Switzerland-based TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is close to agreeing a deal to sell its network equipment unit to CommScope Holding Co. for about $3 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The deal does not cover the unit's subsea fiber operation, adds the report.

  • A Bell Labs research project in Germany, dubbed "IntelliSpektrum," has reached the conclusion that high-speed broadband mobile networks can make significant energy savings and performance gains by deploying a mix of macro and small cell radio basestations in so-called HetNets. The project was carried out with the Fraunhofer Institute and Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s German mobile arm.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on how to create a regulatory environment in which the Internet of Things can thrive. Key areas to be examined include spectrum availability, data privacy and network resilience.

  • Com Hem AB , the Swedish cable operator, is claiming that it can now deliver WiFi that is four times as fast as that offered by its rivals, thanks to its use of a new router from Compal Electronics Inc. The Compal CH7486E uses beamforming and dual-band technology, and has -- count 'em! -- three antennas.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Joe Stanganelli 1/27/2015 | 4:41:56 PM
    Re: IntelliSpektrum I once saw them open for Fraunhofer and the HetNets.
    kq4ym 1/27/2015 | 3:04:54 PM
    Re: IntelliSpektrum Interesting how the consortium finds their rebuttal to neutrality persuasive. They say "...it is not technologically efficient or beneficial for consumers if all traffic is treated equally. Nor has this ever been the case." I wonder if they'll be able to back that up with enough evidence to convince the European Commission?
    PaulERainford 1/27/2015 | 12:35:07 PM
    Re: IntelliSpektrum Yeah, then they split up citing musical differences and half of them went on to form Kraftwerk.
    [email protected] 1/27/2015 | 11:21:53 AM
    IntelliSpektrum What a brilliant name.... didn't they have some techno hits in the late 1970s?
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