Friday, 5 December 2014

Zero-Rating Violates Slovenian Net Neutrality Law

In late 2013 Telekom Slovenije offered zero-rated content and services as part of its mobile data plans, where specific types of traffic were exempted from data caps and could be used without any volume limits (or the limits were significantly higher than those of the data caps). Its offer included HBO GO and UEFA Champions League video streaming services, as well as its own cloud data storage service (TViN Shramba). A few months later the operator expanded the offer with a popular music streaming service Deezer. 

The competition authority and sector regulator seem to believe that Telekom with its zero-rated offers has not breached net neutrality and competition laws. In contrast, our analysis reveals that zero-rated content, services or applications provided or used via internet access services have been forbidden since January 2013.