Category: international roaming

The European governments find a deal on roaming and net neutrality: a low-level compromise

The Council of the EU, which is currently lead by the Latvian presidency, finally stroke an agreement on the draft proposal about roaming and net-neutrality. A mandate has been given to the Latvians to start negotiations with the European Parliament and to find a…

Que viva roaming (until 2020 and even further)

Roaming surcharges within the EU should end one day, but we do not know when exactly. For the time being, European citizens will continue to pay roaming surcharges abroad at least until 2020 and even further, despite the fact that European medias have frequently…

Why international roaming is so hard to die

As we well know and frequently heard since last year (at least since September 2013, when Commissioner Kroes launched the Connected Continent proposal), international roaming tariffs within the EU should soon disappear. While travelling, European citizens will then be able to call, use SMS…

The controversial truth about the end of international roaming

(See Update at the bottom of then post) There is lot of excitation about the fact the roaming tariffs should disappear soon in the European Union, with lots of benefits for consumers in terms of easiness of travels and saving. An important – however…

European Single Market: the honeymoon between Kroes and big telcos is over

Background: the European Commission intends to radically reform the regulatory framework for electronic communications services, in order to overcome the current fragmentation (28 countries and respective markets) and create a Single European Market. The challenge is open. The proposer, commissioner Neelie Kroes responsible for…

The end of international roaming, the beginning for the Single Market?

Today Commissioner Kroes announced a radical reform of international roaming in the European Union. The Dutsch Commissioner, leading the European Directorate for the Digital Agenda, proposed a plan whereby international roaming tariffs should disappear by 2014. Although the details of the proposal are still…