THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION wants to end mobile roaming charges to bring down to zero the difference in data charges between domestic and international calls.
Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for digital agenda, has called for the EC's roaming regulation review to tackle the issue of vastly inflated rates for international data and phone charges.
Roaming data charges throughout Europe including the UK are included in this review and Kroes said, "I think we can all agree that such pricing examples bear little relation to the true cost of supplying the service. I want the gap between roaming and domestic prices to approach zero, and the sooner, the better."
She said this is necessary in order to promote a truly competitive single market for all aspects of telecoms services in Europe. Commissioners had noted that mobile downloading costs a Belgian subscriber almost 30 times more abroad than it does at home.
"For me a true digital market is one in which effective competition ensures that citizens, customers and businesses do not experience substantially different services or costs when they pass a border," she added.
Kroes also said that a true single market is one where the price differences between voice, SMS and data relate only to the actual cost of providing these different services. µ
But it's not yet available here in Blighty
We're not sure this is what The Maybot had in mind
Typical politicians - meme, meme, me
But it keeps the juicy details firmly under wraps