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EU solves roaming puzzle by capping wholesale mobile charges

Peter Sayer | Feb. 2, 2017
Mobile operators concerned that they would be forced to sell roaming services at a loss after June 15 have been consoled with a cap on their wholesale costs

Those bills were a stumbling block in the negotiations, said Austrian MEP Paul Rübig: "The telecoms ministers of some EU member states still seem to care more about their former state-owned telecom companies than about the benefits for citizens."

Britons travelling in Europe, and EU citizens visiting the U.K., will see the benefits of the new deal for at least a couple of years.

Once the U.K. leaves the EU, though, charges for roaming to or from the U.K. could soar if no agreement is reached to continue price regulation. For EU citizens roaming in Eastern Europe, some operators charge over €2/minute for calls and €13 per megabyte (€13,000 per gigabyte!) for data, with prices even higher for roaming in other parts of the world.

 

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