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The German regulatory authority Reg-TP has today issued a short (14 pages) consultation document entitled:


"Anhörung zu Voice over IP (VoIP)"


The consultation is a essentially set of 87 questions rather than a statement of proposed policy (policy formulation will follow after the consultation).



The consultation comprises questions on:





  • Current and planned VoIP services on the German market, and the technical platforms utilised to provide them.




  • Numbering and number portability. One of the questions is whether operators are satisfied with an earlier proposal to have a form of 'nationwide' (non-area-based) geographic numbers starting with 032.




  • Access and interconnection. One question is whether new interconnection interfaces should be defined. Another question is whether VoIP providers control access to the end-user (leading to the possible imposition of regulatory obligations).




  • The status of VoIP services and underlying networks, relating to the definition of public telecommunications network and the definition of publicly accessible telephone services. 




  • Obstacles (technical, commercial, etc.) to market entry and market development.




  • Market definition under the new EU regulatory framework. This section includes questions on substitutability with traditional telephony, and bundling of VoIP services with other services, such as Internet access.




  • Universal service and consumer protection.




  • Privacy and data protection.




  • Emergency services. This section includes questions on geo-location for emergency calls.




  • Lawful interception.


The full text of the Reg-TP consultation document can be accessed by clicking here.



The deadline for sending in responses to Reg-TP is 18 June 2004.