European Commission (EC) proposals from EU telecoms chief Neelie Kroes, which would have seen wholesale roaming charges reduced by up to 90 percent, have vanished from draft legislation documents seen by Reuters.
The 90 percent cut to the wholesale charge – the price an operator pays to access a rival network – would have seen data roaming fees drop to 1.5 cents (1.2p) per megabyte.
An earlier draft also proposed a three cents per minute price cap for voice calls, equating to a 70 percent cut, which would be effective from July 2014, but Reuters reported that the latest draft did not mention this at all.
The current wholesale price cap on calls is 10 cents per minute, and the data cost cap is 15 cents per megabyte.
Kroes' spokesperson Ryan Heath told Reuters: "We've made several technical improvements over the summer that will help us reach our ongoing objective of a real telecoms single market."
Kroes tweeted on Thursday morning, insisting that roaming fees would still end.
@alexanderhanff roaming fees will still end - debate is over how, not whether.— Neelie Kroes (@NeelieKroesEU) August 29, 2013
Later on Thursday, an EU spokeswoman contacted V3, saying "we are still planning to end roaming", reiterating Kroes' tweet.
The GSMA, the body that represents the concerns of mobile network providers, lashed out at the EC earlier this month, calling Kroes' plans "beyond the pail", criticising her comparisons between the single market price of milk and the wildly varying cost of mobile services in the EU.
Reuters also reported that Kroes met with telecoms providers including Orange and Telefonica last month to hear their concerns.
In July, MEPs approved EU plans to end mobile roaming fees, agreeing unanimously to abolish the charges by 2015. At the beginning of July, new rules came into force – with most UK mobile operators sluggish to update their pricing plans – to bring the cost of roaming down by 36 percent, with data costing a maximum of 45.9p including VAT, texts at 8.1p and calls at 24.5p.
The plans will be published in the European Commission president José Manuel Barroso's State of the Union speech on 11 Septmeber.
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