- EU prepares plans for a common European telecom market by 2015 -
In a speech on Thursday, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes called for a thorough reform of telecom regulations and the creation of a pan-European telecom market. The new reform proposals are expected to be agreed in April 2014 and should make it easier for operators to create European cross-border networks.
The EU already reduced the prices for using mobile phones and tablets abroad over the last years, thanks to the pressure of “Europeans for Fair Roaming”, parliamentarians and other groups. Commissioner Kroes now wants to strike one last time before the upcoming European elections next year and completely re-organise the European telecom market. But the reforms must truly benefit the consumers, warns the consumers’ group “Europeans for Fair Roaming”. Continue reading
In reaction to the new EU roaming regulation that was demanded and supported by us, the European telecom regulation agency BEREC started a consultation in July about the technical implementation of some of the new rules. One of the aspects BEREC is currently researching is how the “decoupling” process will work. From 2014 on, this decoupling will allow mobile phone users to shop around and change their operator when abroad. This will create a real market where competition will drive down the prices for roaming even more. We are working to ensure that this will be as simple and transparent as possible for the end users.
We therefore today presented our answer to the consultation to BEREC. You may download the full document here: FairRoaming – Decoupling Consultation – August 2012
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We are happy to announce that MEPs Catherine Stihler and Christian Engström have joined our call for lower mobile roaming charges across the EU. Catherine Stihler is a member of the Labour Party from Scotland and focuses on consumer rights through her work in the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. Christian Engström represents the Swedish Pirate Party, sits on the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection as well and specialises on internet and telecommunications policy.
Please visit their websites at cstihlermep.com and christianengstrom.wordpress.com to find out more about their work.