In addition to taking part in the recent meeting for the OECD’s Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy (CISP), INTUG has provided comments on the CISP-55 programme. The meeting was held in November 2016, in Paris, France. The response and comments by INTUG followed soon after, and covered:
- Work Programme 2015-16/2017-18
- Broadband Satellite Access
- Digital Economy Outlook
- Telecom Pricing
These comments were intended to highlight the needs and issues of business users of digital technology.
Work programme: INTUG supports the choice of priorities “Rural/Remote Broadband”, “Network Neutrality” and “Internet of Things” for the work programme. We consider that “Operator of the Future” is more appropriate as an output of work on other areas, rather than an input or a parallel priority for activities. These recommendations are based on our understanding that 100% connectivity for fixed and mobile is essential for optimising investment and take-up of innovative business processes for both the private and public sectors.
Broadband Satellite Access: The latency (and other characteristics) inherent in satellite communications can have a significant negative impact on certain business application profiles. INTUG welcomes the draft report by the CISP, and suggests that it would benefit from acknowledging the great diversity of traffic profiles inherent in different types of business applications. Furthermore, it would be useful to extend the assessment of suitability to address other quality characteristics in addition to speed and latency, such as packet loss, phase jitter, eclipses, turn around delay within the satellite and earth segments (all adding to the full end to end latency) and transponder resilience.
Digital Economy Outlook: INTUG supports a comprehensive chapter on the digital economic outlook, and does not believe users’ needs would be met by attempts to keep the chapter short. In fact, INTUG would like to see further topics addressed in detail within the chapter, including backhaul pricing and availability, mobile termination charge trends, and “in-building” connectivity. Furthermore, attention should be paid to issues such as fixed and wireless infrastructure in multi-occupancy locations like hospitals, shopping malls, schools, theme parks, sports stadia, entertainment sites, and large high-rise apartment complexes.
Telecom Pricing: INTUG supports most of the simplification proposals for pricing baskets for data collection and reporting, with two specific exceptions - broadband upstream services and leased lines. Upstream speed and price are increasingly import for certain business applications, such as those of a peer-to-peer structure. Leased lines are a very cost-sensitive component of international business networks, and pricing trends for these are critical to systems integrators, who must compete with incumbents.
The complete report by INTUG can be found here.