NTC drafts rules to measure internet access service

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The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday released a draft version of the rules to measure mobile broadband or internet access service in the country.

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This comes after NTC, in its Memorandum Circular 07-08-2015 issued last month, set the minimum broadband speed in the country at 256 kbps at least 80 percent of the time, or 24 days in a months.

NTC previously had Memorandum Order 07-07-2011 which allowed Internet service providers (ISPs) to set their own minimum Internet speed and required service reliability of at least 80 percent.

On draft rules, NTC said that it would monitor and measure four of internet access’ parameters namely the downstream and upstream of average data rate; latency; jitter; and packet loss.

NTC noted that the measurement would be conducted taking into consideration the ISPs uncontrollable variables, and that it would be done simultaneously for all mobile ISPs.

The regulator further said that monitoring and measurements would be done during peak and off peak hours using different subscribers/consumers/users/broadband/internet access data plans, among others to ensure high reliability of results.

Monitoring and measurements will meanwhile be performed at least twice a week, however, there will be no monitoring and measurement activities during adverse weather conditions, it added.

After this, NTC will prescribe the official downloadable measurement and monitoring tool which can be used by the public.

NTC regulation branch director Edgardo Cabarios, during the hearing on the rules, meanwhile said that a final copy is expected to be out by November.
PNA

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