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EC launches consultation to remove EU roaming rates by 2015

Jonathan Morris
December 8, 2010

The European Commission is working on setting a target for the difference between roaming and national calls to become zero by 2015.

Could this mean a standard tariff for use anywhere within EU member states? That’s quite a tall order, but the EC is seriously working with this as a target and a desire to create a true single market, which includes voice, SMS and data services.

The EC is calling on the industry to discuss ways in which to make this possible, with the consultation running until February 11th 2011. This will then provide the basis for a review of the EU’s current Roaming Regulation which the EC has to complete before the end of June 2011.

Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda said: “Huge differences between domestic and roaming charges have no place in a true EU Single Market. We need to address the source of current problems, namely a lack of competition, and to find a durable solution. But we are keeping an open mind on exactly what solution would work.”

What Mobile welcomes any move to completely remove roaming charges within the EU, on top of the existing price reductions that have taken place on an annual basis. However, we can also predict a number of obstacles along the way. Roaming charges represent easy money for network operators, who won’t want to give up this revenue without a fight.

You can read the consultation document here.

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