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The european parliament wants a much lower roaming rates providers

The european parliament wants a much lower roaming rates providers

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The European Parliament wants the wholesale prices that providers and each other to count on as customers in the foreign country are significantly down. The parliament sets in at much lower rates than the telecomministers of the EU member states.

Brussels wants the roaming charges that telecom providers within the EU will count next year. But in order to achieve that, first, the approximation rates of the providers down. These rates pay providers to each other as customers abroad on other networks.

The industriecommissie of Parliament voted Tuesday for a maximum wholesale rate of $ 4 per gigabyte in 2017. That should gradually drop to 1 euro per gigabyte in 2021.

Previously reached out to representatives of the EU member states reached a preliminary deal in which much higher rates were proposed: 10 euro per gigabyte in 2017, and euro 5 per gigabyte in 2021. That proposal was supported by a majority of the EU member states, have already also wanted a lot of countries – including the Netherlands – have lower rates.

More ambitious

“It was really need to be much more ambitious”, says D66-mep Marietje Schaake, who is closely involved in the negotiations on the roaming charges.

Her CDA colleague Esther de Lange agrees. “We want to avoid situations where telecommunications operators and domestic prices fitting to compensate for the high purchase prices, or that telecom companies, and their supply will decrease, simply no roaming more to offer in their bundles. In that regard, we expect more ambition from the Council.”

Negotiation

Friday discuss the EU ministers on the proposal of the parliament. The Council of Ministers, then mid-december with members of parliament and with the European Commission to the table to reach a compromise. This appearance in February by the whole european parliament to be voted.

Abolishing roaming charges is one of the showpieces of the European Commission and, therefore, a sensitive topic in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, handle recently, when he found that his own Commission, a proposal had been presented that did not go far enough.

Especially the Southern European member states do not want too much cut in the wholesale prices, because providers in holiday destinations a lot of money on roaming. Meps therefore expect hard negotiations with the Council.

The roaming charges for consumers will be from June 15, 2017 abolished. Internet, calls and sms should be within the whole European Union against the thuistarief can. But there comes a so-called fair use policy, which, for example, impossible to abroad cheap a subscription, which is then never in that country is used.

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