Written by Mar Negreiro (1st edition),
In 2015 the Council and European Parliament agreed in Regulation 2015/2120 that on 15 June 2017 roaming charges for mobile phone use would be abolished in the EU. After that date, ‘roam like at home’ (RLAH) would become a reality for all Europeans.
The regulation did not, however, address the wholesale roaming market, on account of the need to investigate market conditions in more depth. A review for the European Commission concluded that national wholesale roaming markets are not working well and need regulatory intervention. It therefore proposed a regulation establishing the maximum level of wholesale roaming charges that telecoms operators can charge each other, to take effect from 15 June 2017. Stakeholder reactions are divided: while consumers would enjoy free roaming, operators are worried about recovering costs at wholesale level.
On 29 November, Parliament’s Industry Committee voted for a reduction in the call and data wholesale caps proposed by the Commission.
- December 2016: Wholesale roaming regulation: A precondition for ‘roam like at home’ (1st edition)
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 as regards rules for wholesale roaming markets|
|Industry, Research and Energy
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, S&D, Finland
Evžen Tošenovský, ECR, Czech Republic
Jens Rohde, ALDE, Denmark
João Ferreira, GUE/NGL, Portugal
Michel Reimon, Greens/EFA, Austria
David Borrell, EFDD, Italy
Lorenzo Fontana, ENF, Italy
|COM(2016) 399 15.6.2016
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected:||Trilogue negotiations, scheduled to begin on 14 December 2016|