Telecom operators to end roaming charges in Europe in 2015

by bold-lichterman

Europe has also obtained commitments on not limiting services such as Skype

The European Parliament has just voted – by 534 votes in favor, 25 against and 58 abstentions – the end of the roaming, understand the roaming charges billed to users when they use their mobile phones from another European country than their own. The operators must put an end to these costs by December 15, 2015 at the latest.

“Today’s vote is an important step towards strengthening the single telecommunications market. Parliament wants to abolish roaming charges for calls, messages and mobile internet by December 15, 2015 and improve the management of the radio spectrum to develop 4G and 5G in Europe ”says Pilar del Castillo Vera, the rapporteur of the European Commission who proposed the text.

Another important aspect in the standardization of the European telecoms market, the European authorities have also received commitments from the main players in favor of equal access for users to all types of services. BEREC (Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications), the European equivalent of Arcep, has pointed the finger at certain Internet service providers in the slowdown of certain communication applications likely to compete with traditional telephone packages such as Skype.

“We have obtained additional guarantees to maintain the openness of the internet by ensuring that users can use and offer the applications and services of their choice and by strengthening the internet as a key element of competitiveness, growth, jobs and innovation ”concludes Mr. del Castillo Vera.

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