EU proposes end to roaming charges in mobile shake-up

May 30, 2013
EU commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, speaks on May 23, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. Kroes has proposed a radical shake-up of the mobile phone services market, including an end to roaming charges long denounced by consumer groups.

Europe's Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes on Thursday proposed a radical shake-up of the mobile phone services market, including an end to roaming charges long denounced by consumer groups.

Kroes said the EU should show the way forward, creating a real single market for telecoms to deliver benefits which will boost economic growth and jobs.

Looking ahead to the 2014 EU elections, Kroes called on lawmakers to show "citizens that the EU is relevant to their lives.

"I want you to be able to go back to your constituents and say that you were able to end mobile roaming costs," she said, referring to the surcharges levied by when a customer uses a mobile phone or tablet outside their home country.

Kroes said she would also be pressing for "real action on cybercrime" and guaranteeing .

The measures if agreed, would be implemented by 2015 or 2016.

"Markets must function, devices must function, networks must function and investment needs to happen ... we can't afford today's countless, needless, artificial obstacles placed in the way," Kroes said.

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Eikka
not rated yet May 30, 2013
So where's the catch?

Create single market area; eliminate local cellular operators and networks in favor of large multinational corporations that buy everything and take over once the borders are lifted. Immediate effects would include the outflow of money from many of the smaller economies in Europe since the multinationals have their headquarters and pull their profits elsewhere, and the individual nations' loss of control over the rules with which the operators must play by.

One size, fit for none.
supersubie
not rated yet May 30, 2013
Roaming charges are just a massive scam imposed by all mobile Newmarket operators. No idea why they still need to exist, they just rack up massive charges for customers. It needs to end!
Eikka
not rated yet May 30, 2013
Roaming charges are just a massive scam imposed by all mobile Newmarket operators. No idea why they still need to exist, they just rack up massive charges for customers. It needs to end!


Indeed, but the only solution to the problem isn't to erode the autonomy of the European nations in favor of central control of the telecom market.
alfie_null
not rated yet May 31, 2013
So where's the catch?

Create single market area; eliminate local cellular operators and networks in favor of large multinational corporations that buy everything and take over once the borders are lifted. Immediate effects would include the outflow of money from many of the smaller economies in Europe since the multinationals have their headquarters and pull their profits elsewhere, and the individual nations' loss of control over the rules with which the operators must play by.

One size, fit for none.

So, people should have to pay uncompetitive roaming charges for the dubious benefits of having locally owned monopolies? In any case, if foreign ownership was a concern, I would be unsurprised to see legislation enacted to control such.

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