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Harmonized provision of packet-switched data services

Council Directive 90/387/EEC called for the availability in each Member State of a harmonized packet-switched data service (PSDS), and stipulated that the open network provision (ONP) principles should not, in general, restrict access to, or use of, PSDSs. To this end, Council...

Council Directive 90/387/EEC called for the availability in each Member State of a harmonized packet-switched data service (PSDS), and stipulated that the open network provision (ONP) principles should not, in general, restrict access to, or use of, PSDSs. To this end, Council Recommendation 92/382/EEC of 5 June 1992 proposes (Annex I) a definition of a Community-wide minimum set of PSDSs with harmonized technical characteristics, and a timetable for their availability. These services should: - Be made available on an adequately unbundled basis in order to give users maximum flexibility; - Be structured to include ONP core offerings and ONP user options; - Take into account technological development and the growth in availability of features not considered in the proposed services; - Adhere to the indicative list (subject to amendment and updating) of packet-switched public data network standards suitable for ONP, as published in Official Journal No C 327 of 29.12.1990. The Council further recommends a common, one-stop-ordering, one-stop-billing and one-stop-maintenance procedure be developed, as well as common indicators and common measurement methods to evaluate PSDS performance and quality on a Community-wide level. Tariffs should be transparent, based on objective criteria, and contain an initial connection charge, a periodic rental charge and a usage charge. Information on technical characteristics, tariffs, supply and usage, etc., should be published following a standardized presentation (Annex II), and statistical information on performance should use a standard set of criteria (Annex III).