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