The proposal has evolved since its launch in 2013, and it has been followed through different actions in the new Digital Single Market priority.
The proposal does this by pushing the telecoms sector fully into the internet age (incentives for new business models and more investment) and removing barriers so the European Union's 28 national telecoms markets become a single market, building on the 2009 Telecoms Framework Directive, and more than a quarter century of work to create that single market.
The proposal, in short :
Strengthening by inclusion in the Regulation of the well-established "three criteria" test that the Commission applies to select markets that should be regulated in its “Recommendation on Relevant Markets”, and that national regulators must apply if they wish to regulate markets that are not in that Recommendation .
Our aim is to ensure consistency through possible use of Commission veto powers on national decisions on remedies.
Operators will lose the right to charge for incoming calls while a user is travelling abroad in EU as of 1st July 2014. They will additionally face a choice between a carrot and stick .
The carrot is that they can be largely free of European regulation, if they extend their domestic plans/bundles from 2014 so that by 2018 at the latest, customers throughout the Union are able to use their phones and smartphones while travelling throughout the Union at domestic rates. There will be a glidepath from July 2014, allowing operators to adapt either the number of plans they offer or the number of countries they cover at domestic rates.
The stick is being subject the 2012 roaming regulation which forces companies to offer their customers the possibility to roam with new competitors (alternative roaming providers) as of July 2014. From this date a customer will have the right to leave their domestic operator when travelling and take cheaper roaming services from a local company or a rival company in the home country.
Operators should take advantage of the opportunities to offer Roam Like at Home to their consumers. The Commission will review the implementation of the Roaming regulation in 2016 and may consider further Regulatory options.
Operators will have to charge no more than a domestic long-distance call for all fixed line calls to other EU member states. Any extra costs have to be objectively justified.
Operators will have to charge no more than the euro-tariffs for regulated voice and SMS roaming communications for mobile communications to other EU member states. Any extra costs have to be objectively justified.
Bill-shock mechanism to avoid "bad surprises".