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EU agrees on abolishing roaming charges

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EU agrees on abolishing roaming charges

The negotiations ended with a pact that caps wholesale mobile data prices at €7.70 per gigabyte from June 15, when users stop paying roaming charges. The fees will then gradually decrease, reaching €2.5 in 2022, Politico reported.

The mobile wholesale rates, which refer to the prices telecoms charge each other when their customers use foreign networks, were a sticking point in the negotiations: there are wide differences in telecoms’ prices and users’ consumption patterns across the EU, which made a suitable wholesale cap “extremely hard to find”, according to Reuters.

“The agreed caps ensure cost coverage for efficient operators throughout Europe but are low enough to sustain competition on the European telecom markets,” said MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, who steers the legislation through the EU Parliament. The full information on caps, including those on voice call and text messages, can be found in the European Parliament’s press release.

Before entering into force, the deal will still need to be approved by the European Parliament and member states. 

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-02-01 13:16

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