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EU launches consultation on mobile roaming charges

09 декабря 2010

European citizens should pay the same mobile phone charges no matter what European Union country they may find themselves in, the European Commission said Wednesday.

The commission, the EU's executive body, is launching a consultation on European Union "roaming" charges, saying a lack of EU-wide competition in the telecom market has left operators free to impose unjustifiably high margins on services they provide for customers who are traveling outside their home countries.

"Huge differences between domestic and roaming charges have no place in a true EU Single Market," Neelie Kroes, the EU's commissioner for the digital agenda said."We need to address the source of current problems, namely a lack of competition, and to find a durable solution," she added.

The commission has already tried to tackle the problem by setting caps on the tariffs mobile phone operators can charge for making a call abroad. It has also lowered the prices of text messages and data downloads. But the measures are temporary and due to lapse in June 2012.

Commissioner Kroes, who took over the commission's digital agenda brief early this year, has set a target to fully eradicate the difference between national call charges and roaming charges by 2015.

The commission is seeking the views of telecom operators, business users and consumers to find the best way to achieve that target.

The responses will feed into a review of the EU's roaming rules that the commission will present to EU governments and the European Parliament in June next year.

Источник: Total Telecom

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