End roaming charges within the European Union by June 2017 – Retail price reductions from April 2016
The final abolition of roaming charges within the European Union is scheduled for June 2017, after the 27th of October vote by the European Parliament’s plenary to adopt the agreement reached on 30 June.
As from April 2016, roaming prices will be cheaper: operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices:
● up to 0.05 euro per minute of call made,
● up to 0.02 euro per SMS sent,
● up to 0.05 euro per MB of data
● The maximum rate for the incoming voice calls will be determind before the end of 2015 and will not exceed the weighted average of maximum mobile termination rates across the EU.
More info about roaming tariffs at “Digital Agenda for Europe“.
The new regulationsalso sets neutrality rules for the first time in EU law. No blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services will exist.
Every European consumer will be able to have access to the open internet and all content and service providers will be able to provide their services via a high-quality open internet without any discrimination or interference by internet access providers. The rules will thereby ensure that internet access providers cannot pick winners or losers on the internet and decide which content and services are available to consumers. This increases consumer choice, competition and consumers’ welfare.
The new legislation also improves transparency for consumers. Operators will have to inform their subscribers about the committed internet speeds and the remedies available if they do not get those speeds. This addresses a recurring consumer issue, namely the discrepancy between advertised and actually delivered internet speeds.
The rules on net neutrality will apply from 30 April 2016. The Regulation then needs to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in all EU languages and will enter into force three days after publication.