Flash note: Norwegian telecom regulator unambiguously states that zero-rating violates net neutrality
November 2014
20th November 2014: this week we saw two notable net neutrality developments in Europe.

First on Tuesday the Norwegian regulator, in a blog post (link) reconfirmed Norway’s pro-net neutrality stance and unambiguously stated that under the Norwegian co-regulatory guidelines zero-rating would constitute a violation of net neutrality. Note that according to DFMonitor research (link) Norway is among the very few OECD countries where there is no zero-rating today.

To study Norwegian mobile internet access prices, consumption, adoption and speeds and benchmark them against other OECD and EU countries go to http://dfmonitor.eu/NO

Then on Thursday in the United Kingdom Prime Minister Cameron’s digital adviser Baroness Joanna Shields has openly backed US president Barack Obama’s stand on net neutrality, saying it has become a “worrying” topic. She reportedly said: “It’s a hot topic and a worrying one, because it could go in the wrong direction…If it [net neutrality] goes the wrong way in the US this could become a competitive advantage in Europe,”(link). DFMonitor research shows (link) that UK is a borderline case from zero-rating point of view. As of November 2014 the only zero-rated mobile service is Everything Everywhere’s EE Film service, and it is zero-rated on a promotional basis till the end of December 2014 (link). The Q4 DFMonitor update (available for premium subscribers) has reported a significant, double digit increase in the price of incremental gigabyte consumption on smartphones in the UK (while the EU weighted average price per incremental internet gigabyte on smartphones has fallen from 5.0 to 4.1 Euro/Gigabyte)

To study UK mobile internet access prices, consumption, adoption and speeds and benchmark them against other OECD and EU countries go to http://dfmonitor.eu/UK

The Norwegian and the UK positions are in sharp contrast with the position taken by the previous European Commission (link) The ex EU digital chief, Neelie Kroes’s Connected Continent provisions undermined genuine net neutrality and would have allowedlink ISPs a free hand to vertically discriminate (favour by zero-rating) their own or their selected partner’s services (e.g. video-on-demand film stores). Earlier this year the German regulator has taken a similar position with the Norwegian regulator by preliminary concluding that zero-rating internet services infringes net neutrality (link).

Free content
This flash note in pdf » Download here

2014
Norway
zero-rating
Back
List of all research reports and external articles


Featured research reports
2018 capacity utilization and 5G capacity potential of mobile operator existing macro cell site grids
2018
spectrum
mobile-first
massiveMIMO
UK
Canada
Hutchison
Finland
Elisa
5G
networkeconomics
Verizon
UnitedStates
Play
Poland

October 2019
When will EU28 & OECD operators run out of 4G capacity and how many more gigabytes per subscriber per month can they carry with 5G? A Rewheel research PRO-study of 143 European, US, Canadian, Japanese, Korean and Australian operators

Root cause of weak competition in the Canadian wireless market
2019
Canada
Telus
Bell
Rogers
Shaw
spectrum
pricing

September 2019
The Canadian wireless market is ruled by provincial mobile network duopolies and monopolies. While in some provinces regional operators increasingly challenge the incumbents, at the national level, Canada is a de-facto network duopoly.

4G era – Who got the most out of it?
2019
Elisa
DNA
Play
Iliad
Tele2
DeutscheTelekom
Vodafone
Telefonica
Drillisch
Swisscom
Sunrise
Germany
UK
Netherlands
Ireland
Austria
France
Italy
Finland
Sweden
Denmark

May 2019
5-year mobile service revenue trends for 143 operators present in EU28 & OECD markets. Finnish operators that executed ‘unlimited everything’ strategies were the undisputed champions of the 4G era.

Site density is key to LTE network performance – and critical for 5G
2019
spectrum
networkeconomics
Finland
Switzerland
Germany
Elisa
Play
Telenor
Vodafone
5G

February 2019
Rewheel-Tutela research study. Analysis of 99 mobile networks across EU28, Norway and Switzerland, key network performance drivers and implications on 5G infrastructure and spectrum investment strategies.


Iliad’s 4th MNO venture into Italy – Will it pay off?
2019
Iliad
Hutchison
WindTre
Italy
spectrum
5G
networkeconomics
pricing

January 2019
Can Iliad make money by charging only €7.99 per subscriber?

First impressions from the world’s first commercial 5G network
2018
spectrum
massiveMIMO
Finland
Elisa
5G

August 2018
In June 2018 Elisa became the first operator in the world to launch commercial service over its 5G (3.5 GHz) network in Tampere Finland and Tallinn Estonia. Elisa invited Rewheel to try its 5G network.

The massive MIMO effect: has the 3.4-3.8 GHz TDD spectrum become more valuable than 800 MHz (and 700 MHz) FDD?
2018
spectrum
massiveMIMO
United Kingdom
Vodafone
Telefonica
Hutchison
BritishTelecom

April 2018
Paradigm change in mobile technology leads to paradigm change in spectrum valuations (observations after the UK auction)

The market is changing. Mobile data pricing and network economics metrics and research reports for industry professionals
PRO >


Contact us:

Tel: +358442032339
E-mail: research@rewheel.fi
Twitter: @RewheelResearch

Copyright © 2009-2019 Rewheel Oy. All rights reserved.