The European citizens’ Initiative “Europeans for Fair Roaming” welcomes the new proposal of the European Parliament to lower roaming charges in Europe but remains committed that prices could be lower. The European Parliament today voted on amendments to the newest push by the EU against the high costs of using mobile phones abroad.
In their proposal, parliamentarians propose to lower costs for roaming calls to 15ct per minute and for internet access to 20ct per Megabyte (or 200€ per Gigabyte) until 2014. While those prices are still higher than what would have been appropriate according to the European telecom regulator BEREC, they are an improvement over older proposals by the European Commission. Continue reading
EU commissioner Neelie Kroes (responsible for the Digital Agenda policy area) will present the new proposals to achieve lower roaming charges today, in a press conference at 12:30. You can watch the livestream here.
For a preview of what the new proposal is expected to contain, have a look into our dossier: Roaming press dossier – 06 July 11, 11:30.
Update: ZDNet UK has published a great overview over the proposed changes. Head over to them to read it…
The European Commission will present its proposals for updated EU roaming rules to provide a long-term solution to cut roaming costs when the current Roaming Regulation expires at the end of June 2012. The Commission intends to address the underlying lack of competition in the markets for voice, text and data roaming, thereby solving in a structural way the problem of excessive retail prices for voice, text and data roaming, while foreseeing safeguard retail price caps not only for voice and text roaming but also data roaming. In the Digital Agenda for Europe adopted in May 2010 the European Commission set the objective that differences between roaming and national telecoms tariffs should approach zero by 2015. Today voice roaming prices within Europe are still more than three times the level of domestic charges. For data roaming the consumer often pays less than 5 cents for downloading a megabyte of data at home, but this may turn into €2.60 per MB when downloading abroad. Wholesale data roaming charges have fallen significantly but consumers are not seeing that in lower retail prices.
Read the whole article here: http://europa.eu/eucalendar/event/id/227143/mode/standalone