The big technology companies that dwarf more than 5% of the total internet traffic on the networks help finance the use of 5G and broadband across Europe. This is reflected in a draft proposal from the telecom industry to the European Commission, which Reuters has had access to. In this line, giants such as Google, Apple, Meta, Netflix, Amazon and Microsoft, which together represent more than half of the traffic, would be affected by the measure that the sector has claimed for so long.
For years, telecommunications operators have pushed for big technology companies to help finance the use of 5G and broadband, since these have a strong weight on the traffic that is generated in the networks deployed by the operators. For this reason, this proposal becomes more important, which represents the first time that the industry tries to establish a threshold to set what companies are obliged to pay.
“We propose a clear threshold to ensure that only large traffic generators, which have a substantial impact on carrier networks, fall within the scope. Large traffic generators would only be those companies that represent more than 5% of the annual average traffic in hours peak of an operator measured at the individual network level”, includes the draft of the proposal, which the Commission itself has refused to comment on in the first instance.