INTUG/BELTUG welcomes Commission action on Roaming
The International Telecommunications Group (INTUG) welcomed this week’s announcement by the European Commission with further action to reduce the excessive pricing of voice, text and data roaming.
Nick White, INTUG Executive Vice President, said “We have campaigned on this issue for nearly ten years and congratulate the European Commission for taking effective action to address this extreme example of market failure.
We were one of the first organisations to highlight this problem, by publishing comparative rates for calls between countries, exposing a regime of pricing by all mobile operators, which was many times the underlying cost of the service.
We look forward to similar action being taken by the European Commission to reduce the excessive pricing of Mobile (and Fixed) Termination rates, which are not subject to any competitive pressures. These represent a tax on cross border trade within the EU, damaging its global competitive capability
The absence of effective competition in transnational services in wireless remains a concern for business users, given the absence of any relevant market analysis. The difficulties of changing mobile operator at national level, and the absence of an EU-wide MVNO market, allow operators to continue to charge prices which deter business use. The indirect impact is that the EU economy suffers because less efficient business process continue to be used.