Friday, 23 February 2018

FRIACO: Still the key to unmetered Internet access in Europe

Jan Dawson of Ovum argues that narrowband unmetered Internet access is still unavailable across much of Europe
Saturday 01 January 05

Just getting one's mouth around "fla

Just getting one's mouth around "flat-rate Internet access call origination" is such a chore that most of us are more than willing to shorten it to FRIACO. However, actually getting a FRIACO product is proving far more of a chore for most alternative providers in Europe. A bright start In May 2000 Oftel first required BT to provide a wholesale unmetered Internet access product to WorldCom and other alternative operators. The Oftel decision was followed by similar decisions in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. FRIACO became available to service providers in those countries and unmetered Internet access became available to end users a short time later. However, despite this bright start, the FRIACO phenomenon now seems to be slowing. Two factors are responsible for this stagnation: The rise of broadband One of the main reasons for the declining interest in FRIACO is that another form of unmetered access …

Just getting one's mouth around "flat-rate Internet access call origination" is such a chore that most of us are more than willing to shorten it to FRIACO. However, actually getting a FRIACO product is proving far more of a chore for most alternative providers in Europe. A bright start In May 2000 Oftel first required BT to provide a wholesale unmetered Internet access product to WorldCom and other alternative operators. The Oftel decision was followed by similar decisions in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. FRIACO became available to service providers in those countries and unmetered Internet access became available to end users a short time later. However, despite this bright start, the FRIACO phenomenon now seems to be slowing. Two factors are responsible for this stagnation: The rise of broadband One of the main reasons for the declining interest in FRIACO is that another form of unmetered access …

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