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Action 101: Look for durable solutions for voice and data roaming by 2012.

Single market for telecoms services – the difference between roaming and national tariffs should approach zero by 2015.

What is the problem? A lack of internal market in telecoms services

The differences in national mobile charges and roaming charges illustrate the lack of internal market in telecoms services. There should be no difference between the costs of providing roaming services and domestic mobile services. There is no justification in a competitive market for charging customers considerably higher prices for roaming services.

Why is EU action necessary?

All Europeans need to benefit from an internal market for roaming. One of the Commission’s priorities is to create an internal market for roaming services and eliminate the excessive charges.

What will the European Commission do?

In 2011:

  • The Commission reported to the European Parliament and the Council on the fucntioning of the exisitng Roaming regulation and adopted a proposal to revise the Regulation. In its proposal, the Commission proposed structural solutions (wholesale access obligation as well as de-coupling of roaming) to address the competition problems in the EU roaming market in a durable way alongside with transitory safeguard price caps, including retail data roaming services.
  • The negotiations in the Council and in the EP were initiated.

In 2012:

  • Complete the legislative process with the Council and the EP so that the revised Regulation enters into force as of 1 July 2012
  • Work, together with BEREC, on implementing provisions that stems from the newly proposed rules (wholesale access, facility for separate sale of roaming services).