Europeans for Fair Roaming (www.fairroaming.org), the network of citizens and organisations fighting against unfairly high roaming charges in the European Union welcomes the new EU proposals for bringing down roaming charges over the next years but is convicted that the proposed price caps for data roaming at 90ct/MB to 50ct/MB and the cap for receiving calls at 10ct/minute are still too high.
Campaign coordinator Bengt Beier stated: “The new proposals by the European Commission are a great step forward. The European Commission has taken up many of the proposals we have been making, especially to strengthen market forces to bring down prices: the ability to decouple roaming services from domestic services and easier market access for small and virtual operators. But the proposed price caps for data roaming are still far too high to effectively save customers from ‘bill shocks’. At 90ct per MB, receiving a single e-mail with photos could still cost you up to 7€! We also believe that there should be a goal to make the receiving of calls free. We still hope that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers will co-operate to make sure the new rules are passed without delay and will ensure to improve the price caps for data roaming.”
Download the Press Release here (English version): Press Release 06 July 2011 or here (German Version): Pressemeldung 06 Juli 2011
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…
Get the best overview over the issue of mobile phone roaming, all the latest developments, the key stakeholders and an overview over the new roaming regulation proposed by the European Commission on 6 July in our brand new Press Dossier on roaming:
Download it here (PDF): Roaming press dossier – 07 July 2011 (Updated Version 07 July 2011)
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