EC paves way for abolishing roaming charges

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Almost two years after the European Commission put forward its proposal for a telecoms single market, the European Parliament and the Council came to an agreement to abolish roaming charges inside the EU as of June 2017, making it possible for mobile phone users to pay the same prices when traveling in the EU as if they were in their home country, the European Commission said on its website today.

In addition to the abolition of roaming charges, the EU also promotes strong net neutrality rules protecting the rights of every European to access Internet content, without discrimination.

“These measures will be completed by an ambitious overhaul of EU telecoms rules in 2016. This reform will include a more effective EU-level spectrum coordination,” the commission’s report said.

“To abolish roaming charges a series of technical conditions will have to be fulfilled. The EU will get prepared. The Commission is fully committed to implementing those conditions and making sure that the end of roaming charges is operational as of day one,” the report added.

The commission noted that “already from April 2016, roaming will become even cheaper: operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices, up to €0.05 per minute on calls made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data (excl. VAT). This maximum roaming charge is about 75% cheaper than current roaming caps for calls made and data.”

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