Alierta Still Wants to Charge Google and The Rest of OTT: Pressure for Which The EU Regulates

The first day of the 28 meeting of telecommunications of Santander has begun with a boring statement of the Minister of industry that hasn’t said anything new (digital dividend for January 2015, momentum of the economy thanks to the telecom sector) but have soon become the interesting speeches.

In a panel discussion moderated by Pilar de el Castillo, MEP and main promoter of the package of reforms of the sector, Vittorio Colao, CEO of Vodafone, and on all Cesar Alierta, Chairman of Telefónica, not be have bitten language for nothing, attacking the European Union the lack of regulation of the sector for some areas and their “wide sleeve” for certain companies.

Without a doubt who is more forceful and clear sentences has left has been most responsible for Telefonica. Castle introduced in table topics such as the neutrality of the network, the European roaming or regulations at the level of our continent, subjects that Alierta has not hesitated to go with opinions that will talk about by clarity.

The first point that the President of the ex-monopolio has touched has been the net neutrality, what you should not worry too much, and that it has ensured that “of the net neutrality have invented it is those who have no neutrality”. Unambiguous, though it leaves aside issues that involve him directly as it is the removal of applications of VoIP operators.

“Have invented about the neutrality of the network are those who have no neutrality”

Regarding the Suppression of the roaming at European level Alierta has positioned favorably, although demanding same regulation for all. This is when it has begun with a speech that for anyone who has heard on occasion to Alierta won’t you old: the service providers, search engines, OTTs and other companies that take “advantage” of their networks.

The old idea of charging for the use of your network

Cesar Alierta for Europe is not only watch with magnifying glass operators, but that it also requires providers of service, search engines, operating systems, OTTs… Especially Alierta has mentioned that there is a special concern because there is an operator with more than 40% of market share When search engines or mobile operating systems are equipped with more than 90%.

At this point Alierta has begun to mix terms, using “neutrality” at your convenience. It has requested that this so-called ‘neutrality’ applies to service providers, that a digital life can be a service to another in 24 hours, compared to the process of mobile portability. At this point it would have to ask him if this ever migration has tried and that problems found.

Also the less curious you have been hearing him say as in its workforce or in the other operators many engineers there while that in the Google or Facebook there are mathematicians or physicists. What is the problem to accommodate professionals of different races?

A speech full of direct attacks against Google and other OTT, will not be the first time that pronouncing it, to finish with the same intention of always: wanting to pay these companies for something by what users already pay. Mr Alierta that these companies are what make is unaware that the can sell more connections.

Operators and OTTs, a story that comes from long

That operators do not have a high regard to the OTTs is not to be for anything that we don’t already know. All operators with own network have spoken on occasion against Google, WhatsApp or the company in turn may use their networks without going through the box, but there has been more clear than others statements or positions.

During the last Mobile World Congress Eduardo Taulet, CEO of Telstra, was quite clear, as WhatsApp application should pay for using its network. But earlier, more than four years ago, own Cesar Alierta is delivered without outspoken against the search engines or other companies such as Google.

But seen operators against the OTTs history is just that operators are the first beneficiaries the existence of the OTTs. Voucher that SMS revenues have plummeted in recent years but how many users would no longer hire data rates if it weren’t for WhatsApp or similar?

In addition to these heights and seeing the huge success of instant messaging applications operators have proved luck with your own applications, with the same functions or similar but quite smaller when they have yet to remove them successfully. Seen this the sense at this point that operators continue loading against WhatsApp, Google and the like? Personally, I think that any.