Other EU regulators can participate in the project activities free of charge. In particular, they can use the measurement platform and obtain the corresponding apps for use on their local market.
The main benefits include:
- Measurement tool for web, iOS and Android provided free of charge,
- Regulator get access to measurements from his country as raw data / open data,
- There is no setup cost and no operational cost.
Optionally, regulator may choose to host their own measurement server in their country, most likely in a national peering center. The project team will provide complimentary support with the Linux-based server software. The cost of hosting, operation and connectivity is the respective regulator’s responsibility.
The European Commission is forcing national regulatory authorities to monitor net neutrality, though not describing how it could be measured. For that reason, BEREC published recommendations on internet coverage and quality tests in the context of net neutrality. Open Nettest is fully compliant with the BEREC recommendations as indicated in the following table.
|Principle stated in BEREC report||Nettest compliance|
|Minimal IP layer measurements||Nettest measures following IP layer parameters: upload and download speed, delay, jitter, and packet loss ratio.|
|Include all types of IAS||Nettest measures both fixed and wireless/mobile Internet access services.|
|Monitoring degradation of service||Measurements are conducted over time to allow trend analysis, reflecting potential degradation of IAS as a whole.|
|Crowd-sourcing||Averaging, based on data gathered from all participating users, is based on crowd-sourcing.|
|Software-based agent||A software-based measurement agent is available for download to end user equipment.|
|Accuracy||Measurement results are obtained from a clearly defined population and their statistical treatment is well documented, so that results can be interpreted without bias.|
|Comparability||Nettest allows “plain” comparability of individual sample measurements, but also comparability at higher levels, such as comparability between IASes, so that degradation can be identified with a sufficient level of confidence.|
|Security||Nettest components are robust and protected against security attacks, and availability, integrity and confidentiality of the measurement data is secured during storage and transmission.|
|Privacy||Nettest users are informed which data are collected, for what purpose and what information is included, how data will be used, and specifically that some information may be made available to the public.|
|Legal value||The system governance is designed in a way which mitigates conflicts of interest and ensures credible results. Measurements undertaken with Nettest can be used in legal litigations.|
|End user enablement||Nettest is objective and provider-independent, thus enabling users to undertake measurements, on which they can rely on and make further use of.|
|Future-proof||The system design ensures flexibility, extensibility, scalability and adaptability.|
|Open source code||Details about the measurement methodology are available. Open source code is used and publicly known, making the measurement methodology transparent.|
|Open data principle||Collected data are known and publicly available (with due respect for the limitations of national legislation).|
|Cost-effectiveness||Nettest is a cost-effective solution, regarding all phases of the measurement system lifecycle, including development, deployment and operation.|