Adblocking to extend to mobile markets?
The mobile adblocking technology in question was developed by the Israeli start-up Shine. Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer of Shine, told the Financial Times that he expects this development to have a significant impact on the advertising industry.
It is as yet unclear whether carriers are merely planning to offer adblocking on an opt-in basis to their subscribers. The alternative could entail a universal implementation of adblocking for mobile services. Free content made available online and on mobile devices is widely financed through advertising. Given this interconnection, a continuing spread of adblocking is expected to have a considerable impact on how content will be made available to users in the future, and will raise potential legal issues including net neutrality and unfair competition claims. The current net neutrality package in discussion at the European Council does not directly address this issue, creating uncertainty for telecom operators and OTT service providers.