5 August 2016

This is last summer with roaming charges in the EU


The Europian Commission prepares the ground for the end of roaming charges in June 2017. The Commission has adopted a proposal to set maximum wholesale roaming charges at € 0.04/min, € 0.01/SMS and € 0.0085/MB in the EU. This is important to prepare the end of roaming charges for consumers set for 15 June 2017.

Vice-President for the Digital Single MarketAndrus Ansip said: "In a year from now, we'll say goodbye to roaming charges. Our ambition is to abolish unjustified geo-blocking on the same occasion. We also want the cross-border portability of content to be a reality in 2017 so that Europeans can travel with their films, music, sports broadcasts, e-books across the EU. This will clearly be a triple win for European consumers".

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger added: "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 count now on the European Parliament and the Council to keep the pace and adopt it swiftly". 

For the abolition of retail roaming charges to be sustainable throughout the EU, national wholesale roaming markets need to be competitive and to enable operators offer retail roaming services without any charges in addition to the domestic price. Wholesale prices are those which operators charge each other for using their network.

The Roaming Regulation entrusted the Commission with the task of reviewing the wholesale roaming markets and making appropriate proposals to enable the abolition of retail roaming surcharges. As a result of the various analyses, the Commission proposes to set maximum regulated wholesale roaming charges at € 0.04/min, € 0.01/SMS and € 0.0085/MB.