“EU member states reach agreement on roaming price providers

Oct

26

2016

The European States have reportedly reached agreement on the prices that providers will pay each other when roaming. So far the Member States were divided on the subject.

Final prices come down to 1 cent per MB of data from 2017. From 2021, the cost should be reduced to half a cent per MB, writes Reuters. This decline is gradual. The agreement must still be approved by the Ministers and the European Parliament. Member States were divided on the issue, because the possibility exists that providers would pass on higher costs to customers to make good their loss.

Reuters wrote earlier that Slovakia had come up with a similar proposal in which a reduction in prices after 2021 would be implemented. Until now, the price for data traffic was set at 0.85 cents per MB in the Commission proposal, which is lower than the current agreement. Many countries, including the Netherlands, are of the opinion that this price is too high. The contrast is between the Member States as countries with many tourists afraid to get their providers with high costs. These were mainly southern European countries, therefore, favor a high price.

Sources reported further told Reuters that in addition, is a procedure under which providers may charge a higher price if they receive tourists from other countries and not be able to recoup their costs. Before then the permission of the regulators is needed.

As of June 15, 2017 providers may not charge to bring their customers into account when using abroad of their bundle. Providers such costs may well charge each, in compliance with the applicable maximum rates.

The European Commission did recently with an amended proposal for the abolition of roaming charges in 2017. It is no limit set to the time that users are allowed to stay abroad and may use their bundle. In an earlier proposal, there was talk of limits, this was shortly after the announcement revoked .

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