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Wholesale roaming regulation: A precondition for ‘roam like at home’ [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Mar Negreiro (1st edition),

Woman walking smartphone interface roaming

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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.


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
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:






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

Committee vote


estimated wholesale data costs


2 thoughts on “Wholesale roaming regulation: A precondition for ‘roam like at home’ [EU Legislation in Progress]

  1. Malta is the most expensive!!!


    Posted by maltaliberals | December 7, 2016, 10:35


  1. Pingback: Wholesale roaming regulation: A precondition for ‘roam like at home’ [EU Legislation in Progress] | - December 7, 2016

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