AGI – “Avoid network congestion phenomena resulting from traffic peaks, which could occur in correspondence with the simultaneous transmission of one or more football events “. And” to prevent disservices for subscribers and to counteract the degradation of the quality of the Internet access service for all users “. ” address that Agcom (the Communications Authority) decided in today’s Council in view of the next football season and the next two, when all the Serie A matches of the Italian championship will be broadcast by Dazn in partnership with Tim, using the Internet. “A novelty that – reads a note from Agcom – can affect the regular functioning of the Network”.
Under the Guidance Act, Dazn and the network operators alternative to Tim must define before the start of the next football season (22 August 2021) the operational methods for distributing traffic within its networks and managing any malfunctions using technical solutions based on the so-called “Edge” (Content Delivery Network) Cdn, which make it possible to minimize the delay in the use of content required while preserving their quality.
In particular, Dazn will be called upon to provide operators with national broadband coverage of the order of 15% (Fastweb, Vodafone, WindTre) storage (caching) and transmission equipment to be integrated into one’s own transport networks (so-called “Dazn Edge”), in number and geographical distribution adequate to manage a sufficient share of the overall traffic of the service. In the case of lower market shares (eg Tiscali, Eolo, etc.) the number of devices will be reduced proportionally.
Furthermore, Dazn will have to collaborate with the network operators to implement alternative technical solutions, also at the level of transport protocols, which allow the transmission on the Internet of the requested contents to the recipients of the service and in a more efficient way, avoiding duplication of information as a further guarantee of the integrity of the access networks and the services provided on them . The Authority will supervise the decisions and initiatives taken by the parties, assessing the effects, for the profiles of competence, on the competitive dynamics and on the quality of the service, reserving the right to intervene even urgently, applying the conditions, to protect users and of the market.
“Today’s provision – said the president of Agcom Giacomo Lasorella – is important in several respects. The first is to guarantee all citizens a reliable and fast network even in the presence of important media events. In doing so, we also protect Dazn subscribers and, at the same time – concluded President Lasorella – we affirm the principle that platforms cannot escape the commitments deriving from the overall stability of the system ”.