The European Commission will monitor that the purpose of ‘roaming’ does not increase the national rates

EFE


  • “we can Now say that practically there is an increase in the domestic prices”, has admitted the vice-president of the Commission, Andrus Ansip.
  • The reduction will be progressive: 7,7 euro per gigabyte from 15 June, 6 euro from 1 January 2018, to 4.5 euros in 2019, 3.5 in 2020, € 3 in 2021 and 2.5 in 2022.
  • The big operators up-chain up to 5 euros to its rates this 2017.

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The European Commission (CE) has notified this Friday to the community countries that will monitor any tendency to increase the domestic prices of services of mobile telephony after the abolition, on the 15th of June, of the extra costs for using your mobile in roaming (“roaming”) in other member States.

“In some countries there are some tendencies to increase those prices national. That means that the national regulators and the EC we have to address those issues very seriously“, declared the vice-president of the Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, during the Council of ministers of Telecommunications community held in Luxembourg.

Ansip has admitted: “we Were quite concerned about the increase in domestic prices, but now we can say that virtually there is an increase in domestic prices” in general in the EU. “Even, has appreciated a decline of these prices“, he noted.

In any case, has alluded to that some countries have taken the opposite trend and have decided to raise the national rates to compensate for the money that will no longer charge visitors for the “roaming”.

The commissioner has pointed out that, although the additional costs for roaming, will end the 15 June, “the majority of the service providers have already begun to provide those services according to the principle of roaming like at home”.

The Spanish Telefónica and Italian Tim is one of the few companies that operate in the main european markets that are going to rush up to the 15 of June to eliminate that surcharge in their rates, while the majority has been in advance of that deadline, even a few days.

The regulation on the wholesale rates that will be charged some operators to others who came forward with Spain against when you consider that it was not balanced, it was necessary for the entry into force of the decision to put an end to “roaming”.

diplomatic Sources acknowledged that the countries that get more visitors will have to compensate for the abolition of these cost overruns with an increase in the national rates, since the operators will also be required, as each holiday period, to strengthen networks for the subscribers and visitors can access a telephone and internet services of quality. In addition, it ruled that the operators will give up to make investments to offset the losses.

The wholesale price is set at of 0.032 euros per minute for calls, and 0.01 for sms.

In data the reduction will be progressive: 7,7 euro per gigabyte from 15 June, 6 euro from 1 January 2018, to 4.5 euros in 2019, 3.5 euros in 2020, € 3 in 2021 and 2.5 euros in 2022.

To bring forward the abolition of the “roaming” has also been a need to agree on a policy of “fair use” to prevent abuse or fraud, such as the purchase of SIM cards for permanent use outside the country, as the cost of data and calls vary among the States.

So, there will be a limit of days of roaming, but requires the concept of linking “stable” of a consumer with their country of origin, to determine the cases in which may circulate in other States without paying extra charges.

To prevent users from suffering from thorough checks, there will be a “observation period” of “not less than four months,” before telecommunications carriers can identify a “risk of abuse”, comparing the national utilization with the outside.

in Addition, it is determined that a period additional minimum of “alert” of fourteen days before they can impose surcharges to consumers if there are any abuses, and will allow for a “brake exceptional of the intensive consumption of data roaming,” linked to the level of the wholesale price.

Equally, is situated in the 3 % threshold of losses operator you will be able to claim before your regulator to reintroduce “exceptionally” extra charges for “roaming”.

15 June the EU will culminate ten years of progressive rebates on the price that users had to pay for roaming.

The presidency maltese EU invited all citizens to “celebrate” the end of the “roaming” sharing their experiences on social networks with the tags #RoamLikeAtHome and #EURoaming.

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phoneia.com (June 9, 2017). The European Commission will monitor that the purpose of ‘roaming’ does not increase the national rates. Bogotá: E-Cultura Group. Recovered from https://phoneia.com/en/the-european-commission-will-monitor-that-the-purpose-of-roaming-does-not-increase-the-national-rates/