EU to take action to curb mobile roaming charges

6th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 February 2006, BRUSSELS - The European Commission is preparing plans to curb roaming tariffs charged for using mobile phones abroad, a spokesman for the European telecoms commissioner said Monday.

6 February 2006

BRUSSELS - The European Commission is preparing plans to curb roaming tariffs charged for using mobile phones abroad, a spokesman for the European telecoms commissioner said Monday.

Legislative proposals to bring down the high cost of international roaming will be tabled by the end of July, the spokesman of EU telecoms chief Viviane Reding told reporters.

The price for using mobile phones abroad should be the same as for using a different network operator when being in the home country, he said.

Reding is expected to outline her plans to tackle the issue at a meeting with industry regulators in Paris Wednesday night.

The move is likely to encounter opposition from the industry which argues that roaming fees have come down over the last years and will continue to do so because of stronger competition in the sector.

"International roaming" allows mobile phone subscribers to use their cellphones while abroad. But tariffs are high because foreign network operators charge a wholesale rate to the home operator, who then charges the mobile phone user.

The Commission launched an anti-trust inquiry into the high retail and wholesale roaming prices in Europe in 2000. This has led to proceedings against mobile operators in Germany and in Britain for excessive wholesale international roaming tariffs.

DPA

Subject: German news

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