Feeds

EU regulators probe mobile roaming charges

End of the line for gravy train?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

European telecoms regulators this week launched an investigation into the cost of using a mobile phone abroad. Concerns of the high cost of international roaming charges sparked the probe by the European Regulators Group (ERG), which brings together national regulatory authorities, supported by the European Commission.

The expense and complexity of international roaming charges have long been an issue of concern for the Commission. Mobile operators across the EU will be sent a questionnaire by national regulators today in a development that ultimately lead to the imposition of tighter regulation. These could include direct controls on wholesale international roaming rates, which should, in turn, result in lower prices for consumers. The ERG intends to present "some preliminary results" by May 2005.

Viviane Reding, information society and media commissioner, said: “I am fully aware, both as a policymaker and as a consumer, of the impact that high roaming charges have on EU citizens and on the competitiveness of our industry. Whether we travel on business or for leisure, many of us have had an unpleasant surprise when the next bill arrived. I hope that today’s initiative of the European Regulators Group will help us to identify remaining competition problems in the 25 Member States and to resolve these as soon as possible.”

The review will run along side an anti-trust investigation into Vodafone and O2's alleged abuse of market dominance in setting wholesale roaming rates, which began in July 2004. ®

Related stories

Mobile operators face EC action over roaming
EC accuses Vodafone, O2 of overcharging
Brussels to charge Vodafone and O2 over roaming
Operators tout FreeMove easy roaming alliance
Operators wake up to mobile enterprise needs

Related links

European Regulators Group's statement (PDF) on its investigation

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.