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June 15, 2013

EC to end roaming fees, create single European telecoms market

European Competition Commissioner Kroes talks at a news conference on roaming charges at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels

Finally the EC (European Commission) has voted to end roaming fees for voice calls, texts and Internet access. The landmark vote will create a single European telecoms market,

The Telegraph reported on Wednesday the 27 commissioners voted to scrap the fees, in just over one years time, the actual date this will be going into effect is 1st July 2014. By that date all networks will have to scrap the fees. The vote is part of a broader effort to form a single European telecoms market and encourage competition among mobile networks.

Regulations for reining in pricey cellular bills already exist, but the new reforms would uniquely push European mobile network operators to end fragmentation and roaming fees. The EC will publish detailed proposals within the next six weeks.

The commissioners specifically look to “wipe 2% off mobile operators’ revenues,” according to the Telegraph’s report, and consolidate the many companies and services offered across the 27-member states into a single market.

While banning roaming charges would cut mobile operators’ revenues, the networks will eventually benefit from customers using their smartphones abroad more often.

There are currently no plans to ban charges for mobile termination or connecting calls, another set of fees often under contention.

Source: Telegraph

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Dave Thornton

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Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini