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.
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According to technology news website ZDNet UK, the European Commission will unveil a new proposal for lower roaming charges for calling, txting and data on 22 June. The proposal is expected to lower the existing price caps for phone calls and text messages, introduce price caps for data roaming and allow end users to choose cheaper roaming packages from other operators. Together those measures will strengthen market mechanisms and should considerably bring down the prices of using mobile phones abroad.
Now, it will be important to ensure that those proposals will not be watered down by lobbying from the mobile phone operators.
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Europe United today presented its proposal to the European Commission consultation on roaming fees. “Our proposals will allow for lower roaming fees in the EU and the establishment of a single market for roaming and telecom services in general”, Europe United President Bengt Beier stated.
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The proposal calls for the creation of a roaming sport market, easier market access for operators and giving customer the right to choose their roaming operator.