Osiptel implements new rules for net neutrality and biometric verification

5 Jan 2017

Peruvian regulator the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has implemented new net neutrality regulations, guaranteeing equity and transparency in the conditions of access and use of data. The new regulations bar providers from imposing restrictions, additional charges or quality limitations on applications that access the internet, such as WhatsApp, YouTube and Netflix. Further, the rules regulate the traffic management measures that may be utilised by providers to preserve the security and integrity of networks, restricting the use of measures that arbitrarily prioritise certain services.

In a related development, the regulator has also confirmed that operators can now only activate pre-paid lines once the user’s identity has been confirmed via biometric verification in the form of a fingerprint scan. The rule came into force from 2 January, despite protests last month from two of the nation’s cellcos over the fees they would need to pay to the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (Registro Nacional de Identificacion y Estado Civil, RENIEC) to verify their customers’ identities. Osiptel added that it will be carrying out inspections at points of sale to ensure compliance with the new regulations.

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