As previous European Spokesperson for the Seanad I was very interested to hear that the European Parliament has agreed a deal to cap the prices that telecoms operators pay for using each other’s networks.
Representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed on how to regulate wholesale roaming markets. This is one of final steps towards ending roaming charges by 15 June 2017,
EU negotiators agreed on the following wholesale caps:
- 3.2 cents per minute of voice call, as of 15 June 2017
- 1 cent per SMS, as of 15 June 2017
- A step by step reduction over 5 years for data caps It means that when travelling in the EU, consumers will be able to call, send SMS or surf on their mobile at the same price they pay at home.
The agreement makes “roam-like-at-home” a reality for people and businesses. Furthermore, the agreement ensures the national wholesale roaming markets stays competitive at the same time.
The European Parliament and the Council must now formally approve the agreement. The new wholesale roaming caps will become applicable on 15 June 2017, in time for operators to take all the necessary steps for the introduction of roam-like -at-home by then.
This is a great achievement for the European Union and one that I happily welcome.