Does Deutsche Telekom execute its "two-sided business model" - in which an OTT service provider pays for QoS (here and here)? Will Net Neutrality still be relevant when the EU will complete all its studies and consultations?
The German carrier does not wait and announced recently (during IFA 2012, Berlin) two new services for its local subscribers:
- joyn - "Service available to Telekom customers from December, Chat and send files free of charge on all smartphone tariffs, Integrated in many smartphones in the future and available immediately as a free app for iOS and Android .. The Chat and Send File functions are free of charge for Deutsche Telekom customers who already have a calling plan that includes a data or text message flat rate. In contrast to other messenger services, the volume of data used is not deducted from the volume included in the flat rate".
- Spotify - "As of October 2012, customers will be able to listen to more than 18 million music titles via their mobile phone, tablet and PC - both online offline. What's more, the online usage of the Spotify streaming service will not have any impact on the data volume specified in the respective Deutsche Telekom tariff".
|Niek Jan van Damme (DT), Gerrit Meier (Spotify) and |
Dr. Ingo Hofacker (DT) during the joint press conference at IFA