Telcos will put 5G in EU in 2020 if Commission loosens on open internet laws

Telecom companies in Europe are warning the European Commission that if net neutrality laws aren’t revised to benefit their returns, the deployment of 5G technologies will take until long after 2020.

The EU’s current 5G Action Plan aims to have its 28 member countries covered in usable spectrum by the year. However, in a manifesto, 22 companies including Orange, Hutchison Whampoa and Deutsche Telekom as well as IoT-prospective companies Airbus and Siemens have made it clear that regulatiors need “to ensure 5G monetisation to drive investments.” The manifesto suggests that net neutrality rules should refocus on “outcomes (e.g. service characteristics) rather than on means (e.g. how operators evolve and manage their networks).” This will ensure that at least one city in each of the EU member states will get 5G service up and running by deadline.

One non-monetary reason to loosen up on Net Neutrality rules? Internet of Things traffic, which has constantly variable traffic demands.

In this context we must highlight the danger of restrictive Net Neutrality rules, in the context of 5G technologies, business applications and beyond. 5G introduces the concept of “Network Slicing” to accommodate a wide-variety of industry verticals’ business models on a common platform, at scale and with services guarantees.

The thing is, open internet laws don’t cover many IoT applications in automobiles and healthcare.

The EU Commissioner for digital matters Gunther Oettinger agreed with the manifesto, saying that it is “a valuable input for the 5G action plan that will be presented in September”.

A public comment period for the plan has just ended.

Source: 5G Manifesto
Via: The Verge

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