Mobile broadband roaming charges too high, says EC

Friday, December 10th 2010
Roaming costs are too far above domestic charges, the body has argued.
Mobile broadband roaming charges too high, says EC
The European Commission (EC) has argued roaming charges on mobile broadband services, calls and SMS messaging are still too high.

Despite bringing in steps to regulate the maximum price network operators can demand for customers using their phones and dongles abroad within Europe, the EC said companies are still enjoying "unjustifiably high margins".

Commissioner for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes said "huge" differences between domestic and roaming charges for broadband and other mobile products are not acceptable.

"We need to address the source of [the] current problems ... and to find a durable solution," Ms Kroes remarked. "But we are keeping an open mind on exactly what solution would work."

The EC's call for a drop in roaming charges comes after ABI Research revealed two European nations - the UK and France - are among the countries to have the lowest price for mobile broadband plans.

However, the organisation said service providers in developed markets are struggling to cope with the growing demand for data.

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