2011-08-01 00:00:00 | Net Neutrality
Illegal traffic optimization
After publishing this post, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from telecom operators and vendors about which traffic optimization technologies are legal and illegal, under which circumstances. It doesn’t cover all technologies, nor am I a lawyer. I did check with a highly respected ICT law firm though. I also asked content owners about their opinion, and to my surprise almost none of them really know what others are doing with their content.
I hope that the info below clears the debate about what is and what is not legal:
2011-06-10 00:00:00 | Net Neutrality
Net neutrality law in the Netherlands
The Dutch government plans to guarantee net neutrality by law. I expect many other countries to follow. I have been active in the net neutrality debate for many years. Search my blog, I’ve written more articles about the subject. This post is about Open Play and differentiation…
Transparent Internet Caching
In the past two years, I’ve encountered a lot of confusion about the differences between Transparent Internet Caching (TIC) and Content Delivery Networks (CDN). This article dives into the different applications, features, technologies, legal issues and purposes…
2011-04-19 00:00:00 | Net Neutrality
EU to probe online data traffic management
A reader sent me an article that was posted on the Financial Times this week. Because the article is for subscribers only, I’ll share some quotes:
“Regulators are to launch the first pan-European investigation into telecoms companies’ controversial data traffic management practices, in an attempt to safeguard so-called net neutrality principles.”
“The European Commission accepts some traffic management is necessary to avoid congestion on operators’ networks. Operators are dealing with an explosion of data traffic, partly because of bandwidth-hungry video services, such as Google’s YouTube and the BBC iPlayer.”
“Ms Kroes also wants to ensure that fixed-line and mobile operators are not slowing down data traffic in an anti-competitive manner. With many telecoms companies selling television and other video services to customers, she is concerned that throttling could be used by one operator to disrupt a competitor’s content.”
“She wants operators to commit to a new era of openness about how they “throttle”, or slow down, some data traffic or block certain software applications.”
“European regulators have so far taken a less prescriptive approach than US watchdogs in the net neutrality debate. This is partly because European consumers have a greater choice of internet service providers compared with their US counterparts.”
T-Mobile tests dynamic data access blocking
T-Mobile is testing partial blocking of data access to smart phones during peak traffic.
T-Mobile (an exclusive iPhone carrier similar to AT&T) suffered from network outages in crowded areas due to video usage on smart phones. T-Mobile wants to block access to popular services like YouTube during peak hours to guarantee that users at least can still call and send text messages.
T-Mobile doubled their network capacity, but network traffic increased faster. FYI the data load of T-Mobile’s network overhere is just approx 1-2Gbps, which is really nothing compared to what streaming CDNs can pump out of their 3G / mobile platforms.
IMHO this approach is completely wrong. T-Mobile (and other carriers) have been promoting 3G as ‘the wireless broadband’ for many years. They created great expectations which they cannot live up to. Instead of looking for a sustainable model, T-Mobile looks at their partners (content services providers) and their customers as their enemies they should limit and frustrate.
The only sustainable approach is to look at the entire costs and revenue structure. Costs have to go down: logistical offloading. Revenues have to go up: bigger, more flexible broadband plans and even more importantly: content delivery revenue streams.