Category: international roaming

Roaming is ending for users, not for operators: the potential consequences

  The roaming reform finally entering into force on June 15, 2017 is right and due, because European citizens deserve, although within the limits of simple traveling, the end of roaming surcharges which, beyond the economic burden, have been an unbearable discontinuity in the…

Why the end of roaming surcharges is not the start of a Single Telecom Market

The single telecom market which had to be In the last few years many people, including me, believed that the phasing-out of roaming surcharges would have shaken the European telecom market, transforming the current puzzle of distinct domestic markets into a unified, single and…

What the European institutions will not say about the disguised end of roaming surcharges: the end of mobile competition and the rise of mobile tariffs

BREAKING NEWS: DURING THE NIGHT THE TRILOGUE AGREED UPON EURO 7,7 EURO/GIGA TO FALL UP TO 2,5 EURO/GIGA IN THE NEXT YEARS. I REGRETTABLY CONFIRM THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN MY BELOW POST In the night of January 31, 2017 representatives of European Parliament, Council…

The confused international roaming saga in the EU (and the Finnish solution, hopefully)

UPDATE: on November 29, 2016 the ITRE committee of the European Parliament endorsed the proposal of MEP Kampala-Natri, with even lower prices for data. Roaming surcharges will be definitively and completely abolished by mid-2017, according to a new proposal to be announced today by…

Why it is so difficult (but not impossible) to get rid of roaming surcharges

  It’s today’s news that the European Commission has withdrawn, upon request of the President’s office, the proposed measure implementing the roaming phasing-out prescribed by the EU Regulation 2015/2120 which amended the Roaming Regulation 531/2012. The draft measure imposed a minimum obligation of 90 days…

The (quasi) end of roaming, i.e. the unpredictable consequences of the Grexit

Believe it or not, the Greek financial drama was fundamental to finalize today the long-awaited European agreement for the end of roaming surcharges and the regulation of net neutrality. Just few weeks ago several signals in Brussels suggested that Council and European Parliament were…

Will Google ever become a (virtual) mobile operator?

Latest news reported that Google is negotiation an agreement with Hutchison Whampoa permitting to the US company to launch a mobile service worldwide charging the same for calls, texts and mobile data regardless of the customer’s location. This seems to be a disruptive entry…