Feeds

Reding 'didn't go far enough' on data roaming

Mobile cap amendments braced for resistance

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Viviane Reding's proposal to cap EU data roaming doesn't go far enough, according to Adina-Ioana Valean, a Romanian Liberal steering the bill through parliament who wants to ban charges for incoming voicemail and messaging.

Valean has proposed various amendments to the proposal, as spotted by Reuters. These include banning operators from charging punters for received voicemail when roaming, and changing the wholesale data cap from Reding's proposed €1 per megabyte to €0.001 per kilobyte - which will result in a similar price but make checking email much cheaper.

The per-megabyte cap seems logical when we're talking about downloading video, or even surfing the web on a laptop - but the widget frameworks that are popping up everywhere require tiny amounts of data, so the smaller quantum makes sense.

The existing proposal, which was approved by the Commission last November, already bans operators from charging users for received text messages, so extending that to voicemail would also seen logical. The charging of outrageous fees for recovering voicemail is such a nice earner for operators as to trigger a competitive service.

The proposal and amendments still need parliamentary approval which will take a few months, and the amendments are likely to be opposed by the network operators and those interested in protecting them. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
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.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.