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Italian regulator looks at OTT services; broadband plan approved

Italian telecoms regulator Agcom has published the results of a study into electronic communications services, and in particular over the top (OTT) social messaging tools such as WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage and Facebook Messenger, notes TeleGeography. "The watchdog says it is considering introducing regulations for such apps which will help to create a more level playing field to compensate network operators for the lost voice traffic on their own networks. It plans to examine regulations – both at a national and an EU-wide level – to see where changes can be made to benefit operators whose networks support the OTT apps with little financial benefit for themselves. Agcom adds, however, that it is still too early to discuss factors such as implementing charges on OTT operators. Meanwhile the European Commission has approved the Italian government's plan to use 4 billion euro of state funds to roll out broadband internet infrastructure in unserved areas of the country, without unduly distorting competition. Read more

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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