The European Commission (EC) has outlined new proposals to cut the wholesale roaming charges that operators can levy on each other ahead of the abolition of roaming charges for consumers next year.
The EC set out the limits as €0.04/min for calls, €0.01 for texts and €0.0085 per megabyte of data. The European Parliament and Council will now have to adopt and ratify the proposals.
Günther Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy, explained that with roaming set to go next year the time is right to lower costs once again, especially to ensure that operators are ready for the changes.
"We want to make sure that the end of roaming charges works properly for consumers and market players. This is why we come today with a proposal on wholesale roaming markets. We now count on the European Parliament and the Council to keep the pace and adopt it swiftly,” he said.
Digital Single Market vice president Andrus Ansip said that the EC also intends to introduce laws to remove the geo-blocking of content in different nations so that content can be enjoyed in any location in the EU.
“We want the cross-border portability of content to be a reality in 2017 so that Europeans can travel with their films, music, sports broadcasts and e-books across the EU. This will clearly be a triple win for European consumers,” he said.
Roaming charges in the EU will become a thing of the past on 15 June 2017 after MEPs approved proposals in October last year to remove any additional charges for using a phone in the EU.
One price drop has already come into effect ahead of this deadline, meaning that operators can now charge customers only €0.05 per minute of calls made, €0.02 per SMS and €0.05 per megabyte of data.
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