Activity 3: Setting-up of European standard for open-data related to QoS of high-speed Internet

Indicative start date: 01/01/2017

Indicative end date: 31/12/2018

Related Milestone(s): 5

The activity is led by CTU

A common standard and methodology for measuring will streamline and harmonize the data production process and will enable both end users and professionals an easy data comparison across Europe. Under this activity, the Action will map current activities (including projects like MONROE and SamKnows) and currently used data formats for measuring the QoS of mobile broadband.

The standard set-up by the Action will be based especially on the BEREC Guidelines for Quality of Service (QoS) of 2012 and the work of the Net Neutrality Expert Working Group, including the Feasibility study of quality monitoring in the context of net neutrality. Especially with regard to the re-use of these data the standards will take into account also licenses and other requirements based on the Commission notice 2014/C 240/01 “Guidelines on recommended standard licenses, datasets and charging for the re-use of documents”.

Within the standardization processes, the Action will also seek consideration of global standards created by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Part of the standard will be an essential harmonization of metadata. While proposing the standard, cooperation with ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) is also planned, as the Czech Telecommunication Office is one of its member.

Given the technical differences and legal aspects connected mainly with privacy protection one standard will be created for measuring the quality of services of mobile broadband and a modified standard will be developed for measuring fixed-line high-speed Internet.

Standard compliance proposed within the action with existing standardization activities will be ensured primarily by active participation in relevant groups such as BEREC and ITU. One part of the cooperation will include providing feedback and testing suggested standards within mobile applications.

For ETSI (due to the timing of the Action and the standardization length) it is planned to establish cooperation which ideally will result in a draft of the standard. However, it is not possible to guarantee its approval within the project. On the other hand, ETSI standardization activities will be described in the context of “Final Analysis” (see Milestone 10).

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