Agcom to consider greater regulation of OTT messaging apps

29 Jun 2016

Italian telecoms regulator Agcom has published the results of its study into electronic communications services, and in particular over-the-top (OTT) social messaging tools such as WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage and Facebook Messenger. The watchdog says it is considering introducing regulations for such apps which will help to create a more level playing field to compensate network operators for the lost voice traffic on their own networks. It plans to examine regulations – both at a national and an EU-wide level – to see where changes can be made to benefit operators whose networks support the OTT apps with little financial benefit for themselves. Agcom adds, however, that it is still too early to discuss factors such as implementing charges on OTT operators.