Wholesale roaming markets: more competition will lower prices for consumers and SMEs
"When we regulate how telecom providers bill roaming charges between each other, we must make sure that this leads to lower prices for consumers, both at home and abroad. We will stand firm on the promise made to consumers that roaming charges will disappear next summer", said Paul Rübig MEP, EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur who is negotiating the new European rules for wholesale roaming markets, before tomorrow’s vote.
Rübig also wants to make it easier for new companies to enter the market. "We want more competition between providers because this leads to better services for consumers. One of our goals when setting price caps is to give more leverage to small alternative service providers without own-network infrastructure", Rübig explained.
After having taken the political decision in autumn 2015 to end roaming charges by summer 2017, Parliament’s Industry Committee decides tomorrow on changes to the rules for the trade with data and voice packages between telecom service providers. "I am glad that the vote takes place tomorrow because the new rules must be in place when the roaming charges for the end consumer disappear next year", Rübig stressed.
"Our economy will be more and more data driven. Cutting the costs of data communication is also important for small and medium-sized enterprises who do not have the same negotiating power to get good tariffs as the big companies", concluded Rübig.
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