INTUG welcomes EU decoupling decision but highlights need to meet corporate user requirements


Mobile users will be able to sign separate contracts for mobile roaming and domestic mobile service as of 1 July 2014, thanks to the European Roaming Regulation. Known as “roaming decoupling” or “separate sales of roaming services”, this will allow users the flexibility to select a cheaper roaming service and mobile service, while keeping one phone number and SIM card. The regulation also specifies that mobile operators –including virtual operators – will be able to use operators’ networks in other EU states at regulated wholesale prices.

INTUG welcomes these regulations, which support the need to encourage greater competition in the roaming market. However, INTUG also stresses that the implementation of the regulations must take the requirements of corporate users into account.

INTUG was asked to provide a summary outlining corporate users’ requirements. These include:

  • distinguishing private from corporate customers;
  • a threshhold definition and information mechanism that works for business users;
  • the allow/disallow decision for roaming must rest with the company/fleet manager, not the individual user.

You can read the complete document highlighting these requirements here.

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