Federal Network Agency bans “StreamOn” and “Vodafone Pass”


The Federal Network Agency has prohibited further marketing of the zero-rating options “StreamOn” (Telekom) and “Vodafone Pass” (Vodafone). These may no longer be marketed from July 1st, and existing customers are also affected by the ban.

A great added value of certain mobile phone tariffs from Vodafone and Telekom are the so-called zero rating options. This means that web services such as video or music streaming can be used without limitations without using up your own mobile data volume.

The Federal Network Agency has now prohibited the marketing of precisely these options – “StreamOn” at Telekom and “Vodafone Pass” at Vodafone. She also ordered the termination of existing customer contracts. The reason: The offers violate net neutrality because they do not treat data traffic equally.

The consequences for the two network operators affected are enormous: The remarketing of “StreamOn” and “Vodafone Pass” must be stopped by July 1, 2022 at the latest. The two zero-rating options should then no longer be bookable via any sales channel, as the Federal Network Agency emphasized. The providers have until the end of March 2023 to discontinue the options in the existing customer business, as a large number of customers are affected.

Consumers should benefit

“We are ending the unequal treatment of data traffic associated with the zero rating options,” says Klaus Müller, President of the Federal Network Agency. “We expect that the providers will now offer tariffs with higher data volumes or cheaper mobile flat rate tariffs. Consumers will benefit from this.”

Background: The European Court of Justice had already ruled on September 2, 2021 that Deutsche Telekom’s zero-rating options “Stream On” and “Vodafone Pass” are incompatible with the principle of equal treatment of data traffic. The Court understands the principle of equal treatment as a general principle of equal treatment. This means that it prohibits both technical and tariff-based unequal treatment between different types of transport within a tariff. In the case of zero-rating options, data traffic is treated unequally in that certain services and applications – unlike all other services and applications – are not counted towards the included data volume, i.e. they can be used indefinitely.


Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.

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