Still paying too much once – Overview of the new roaming tariffs

Apr

29

2016

Who this summer with holiday abroad, pay for the use of his mobile at least once more over the rate of its provider in the home country. So he pays at least one time too many. Roaming charges within the European Union have fallen considerably in recent years. Who can still remember the days when being called a minute a few kilometers across the border already cost one euro? Those times are finally behind us.

In mid-2017, the EU wants roaming charges have been abolished for good, but there’s quite a big “but”. The EU proposes a ‘fair use safeguard’ in. That should prevent close Europeans cheaper subscriptions abroad and then continues roaming. That’s more expensive for all providers involved and seeing the drivers, so rather not happen.

This ‘fair use policy’, which the Commission will adopt in December 2016, takes into use with how much data people, how many Europeans to travel and how far prices across the EU come closer together. The FUP shall also take into account the risks of distortion of competition. What does the Commission mean exactly with that, is not explained.

There is still no indication of where the ceiling of the fup lies. Earlier reports spoke of 5MB per day, but that clause did not make it. So it will probably be higher than that, but lower than the average consumption in the home country. People must indeed be confidently photographs can put photos on Facebook, but not during the term of the subscription continually roam every day.

Although the abolition of roaming charges sounds easy, appears occasionally the complex technology behind it. In 2013, for example, went wrong at KPN, when a single cable break led to many customers of the provider no connection could do with a network. When the first fault was fixed, went wrong in a recovery, enabling customers include France still could not online.

The point is that providers must transmit traffic to one another. If you look up the frontpage of Tweakers in France, the French provider sends data to your Belgian or Dutch provider to process the request, so that the correct statement can be made. Since MBs go off abroad from their own collection, which is still necessary. Moreover, the more data people consume abroad, the thicker the data pipes between different countries should do.

The end of the roaming charges by 2017 is by no means a surprise. Since 2007 sends to European politics and then were reduced roaming charges. That happened in the past, which is the maximum that may bring providers charge customers always went down a little further. This is happening for the last time, but this time is special. Providers may pick up first overseas MBs, call minutes and text messages from your bundle used and you also have extra money charged.

We look at this story not to prepaid and the business market, but only to consumer subscriptions, paying particular attention to data roaming.

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